Statistics on unemployment protection in Finland

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. The percentage of recipients in the population varied by municipality between 3.2 and 17.8. The highest rates of benefit receipt were seen in Eastern Finland. Sixty-one percent of the recipients were on basic unemployment benefit. Statistical yearbook on unemployment protection in Finland 2021 (

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