Amount and payment of labour market subsidy

The unemployment benefit paid by Kela amounts to EUR 35.72 per day. The benefit is paid for five days per week (including mid-week holidays).


The unemployment benefit is increased if you care for children under the age of 18 years. The child increase amounts to

  • EUR 5.61 per day for one child
  • EUR 8.23 per day in total for two children
  • EUR 10.61 per day in total for three or more children

The child increase is payable starting from the birth of the child. You are also entitled to child increase for your spouse's/partner's under-age children if they life in the same household.

During participation in employment promoting services, the unemployment benefit can be paid at an increased rate for up to 200 days. The increase is EUR 5.08 per day.

Without increases, the amount of the unemployment benefit is on average EUR 768 per month (21.5 x EUR 35.72). You must pay tax on the unemployment benefit.

Your income affects the amount of the unemployment benefit.

Kela pays the benefit on the basis of the unemployment status report

Unemployment benefits are paid to your bank account every four weeks. Payment is made at the end of each four-week period. The first payment period is two weeks.

Kela sends the data on labour market subsidies paid out to the national incomes register within five days of the date of payment.

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