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68,000 new vacancies at employment offices
Feb '08
According to the Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland, the number of employed persons in January was 2,480,000, or 100,000 higher than a year earlier. In the private employer sector the number of employed persons went up by 85,000.

The number of wage and salary earners was 94,000 higher than one year previously. The number of employed persons went up in the provinces of Southern Finland, Western Finland and Oulu.

In January, the employment rate, that is, the proportion of the employed among persons aged 15 to 64, stood at 69.3 per cent, which was 2.2 percentage points higher than one year before.

The employment rate for men went up by 3 percentage points and was 70.7 per cent. The employment rate for women rose by 1.5 percentage points to 67.9 per cent. Adjusted for seasonal and random variation, the trend of the employment rate was 70.7 per cent.

According to the Labour Force Survey, there were 181,000 unemployed in January 2008, i.e. 14,000 fewer than in January of the year before.

At 6.8 per cent, the unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than one year before. The trend of the unemployment rate was 6.4 per cent in January.

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