Helsinki (03.02.1998 - Juhani Artto) On average last year there were 45,000 more jobs for wage and salary earners than in 1996. The number of unemployed workers fell by 33,000.
The unemployment rate in 1997 was 14.5 per cent, compared with 15.8 per cent in 1996. The unemployment rate was 14.0 per cent for men and 15.0 per cent for women. There was a slight easing of serious youth unemployment. In 1997 the rate was 26.8 per cent, compared with 28.1 per cent in 1996.
The main figures of the 1997 labour force study conducted by Statistics Finland are as follows:
- Employed wage and salary earners 1 845 000 of whom:
- process industry 540 000
- services 1 264 000
- other sectors 41 000
- Self-employed and their families 323 000
- Unemployed 367 000
Among those aged between 15 and 74 years, 1.3 million people were outside of the labour force. This figure includes 88,000 people in so-called hidden unemployment. Of these, 18,000 were not actively seeking work because they considered the search to be hopeless.
Of those in work, 195,000 wage and salary earners (11 per cent) were working part-time and 340,000 (18 per cent) were in temporary employment.