Statistics on unemployment benefits paid by Kela

Latest release 15 September 2022:
After having risen unexceptionally sharply in the previous year, the expenditure on unemployment benefits declined in 2021 by 9%. The expenditure on earnings-related benefits decreased by 10.8% and the expenditure on basic benefits by 6.9%.

A total of 328,174 persons received unemployment benefits at year-end 2021, which represents 9.9% of the Finnish population between ages 17 and 64. Sixty-one percent of the recipients were on basic unemployment benefit. Statistical yearbook on unemployment protection in Finland 2021 (

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