Wednesday 10/28/20

Young men suffer much higher unemployment rates than women in all Finnish regions

The difference was biggest in South Karelia, where the unemployment rate of young men was 14 percentage points higher than that of women.

Man unemployed homeless glasses sitting

In 2017, there were in Finland 296,500 persons unemployed, of whom 13 per cent were aged 18 to 24. According to preliminary data published today by Statistics Finland, the unemployment rate of persons aged 18 to 24 was around 15 per cent. The share of unemployed in the working-age labour force (aged 18 to 64) was 11 per cent.

Examined by region, the unemployment rate of those aged 18 to 24 was highest in Kymenlaakso, where 24 per cent of the labour force in the age group were unemployed.

Unemployment by Region and sex young

Source: Statistics Finland

The unemployment rate of men aged 18 to 24 was 18 per cent, the corresponding rate for women was seven percentage points lower (11 per cent). The difference between sexes in the unemployment rate varied by region: The difference was biggest in South Karelia, where the unemployment rate of young men was 14 percentage points higher than that of women. Correspondingly, the difference was smallest in Åland, where the unemployment rate of young men was one percentage point higher than that of women.

Previous activity unemployed 2017

Source: Statistics Finland

The share of women among unemployed persons aged 18 to 24 was 39 per cent. The share varies by region: The share of women was smallest in Kainuu: 32 per cent, and biggest in Åland, 43 per cent.

Long term unemployed aged 18 to 24

In 2017, altogether 23,700 men aged 18 to 24 were unemployed. Of them, 8,500 had also been unemployed in the previous year. Nearly as many had been students one year earlier. The number of unemployed women was 15,000, most of whom had been students in the year before, 4,200 had been unemployed.

Forty-one per cent of unemployed persons aged 18 to 24 did not belong to families. Thirty-five per cent had the status of a child as their family status, that is, they were living with their parents. Children living with their parents or the spouse's biological children or adopted children are considered children by their family status regardless of their age.

Unemployed aged 18 to 24

Source: Statistics Finland

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