Employment figures for the start of the year showed an uptick in employment to 70.9 percent, bringing the government's goal of a 72 percent employment rate closer.
Employment edges up in January
There were some 4,000 fewer unemployed people in Finland in January than one year before, according to the Labour Force survey published by Statistics Finland . Some 71,000 more people are in the workforce than were in January 2017, reflecting the return to work of many people who were not officially registered as unemployed - writes yle.fi.
The survey recorded a seasonally adjusted employment rate of 70.9 percent, still 1.1 percentage points short of the Juha Sipilä government's target of a 72 percent employment rate .
The unemployment rate in January was 8.8 percent, with a total of 238,000 unemployed people in the statistics. That's down from 9.2 percent in January of last year.
Finland's Ministry of Employment also released figures on Tuesday, with some 286,000 unemployed jobseekers recorded in the ministry's figures and 57,000 fewer unemployed people than one year ago. The steepest drop in unemployment was recorded in the Pirkanmaa region, where joblessness fell by some 23 percent.
The ministry's figures record unemployed people who register at local offices to look for work. This differs from the sampling model used by Statistics Finland, which produces figures which are comparable to those in other EU countries and therefore Finland's official unemployment statistics.
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