Register as an unemployed jobseeker with the TE Services

  1. Follow the instructions of the TE Services to register as unemployed jobseeker. You cannot get unemployment benefits unless you register.
  2. Renew your status as an unemployed job seeker
  3. Apply to your unemployment fund or Kela for unemployment benefits.

Local government pilot programme on employment launched 1 March 2021

Some unemployed jobseekers will be assigned to the local government pilot programme on employment starting 1 March 2021. This means that their municipality will help them look for work and training. The local government pilots are scheduled to end on 30 June 2023. 

You will be notified if you are assigned to a local government pilot

If you are unemployed as of 1 March 2021 and are assigned to a local government pilot, you will receive a letter confirming this during March. The same information will also be available on the TE Services e-service portal. Renew your jobseeker status and follow the instructions of your municipality. That way you can make sure that you will receive unemployment benefits uninterrupted.

You need not contact Kela if you are assigned to a local government pilot. Apply for benefits as you would normally, and file the unemployment status report regularly.

If you lose your job during the local government pilot

If you lose your job while the local government pilot programme on employment is underway, always first register as an unemployed jobseeker in accordance with the instructions of TE Services. After registering, you will be notified whether your point of contact on unemployment related matters is your municipality or the TE Services.

Statements on eligibility for unemployment benefits

The TE Services will issue a statement to Kela on your right to unemployment benefits. Based on that statement, Kela will decide whether you qualify for unemployment benefits.
The municipalities participating in the local government pilot issue a statement to Kela for example if you participate in an employment promotion service. Your municipality also decides whether you can be paid unemployment benefits for self-motivated study.

Who are assigned to the local government pilots?

Jobseekers living in a participating municipality are assigned to the local government pilot if they

  • get labour market subsidy or basic unemployment allowances payments from Kela
  • are under 30 years of age
  • speak a first language other than Finnish, Swedish or Sami or are not a Finnish citizen.

The purpose of the pilot programme is to help the jobseekers find work or training and to offer them services suited to their circumstances while they are unemployed.

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