Official verification of unemployment stat I’ve been reporting on for well over a year.
The numbers are even worse, when taking into account those who have stopped looking for work. The unemployment situation in Finland has always been a systemic one, the nanny state sucks up way too much capital in wealth redistribution, plus the myriad of regulations and now, hammered by the influx of unemployable/unassimilable people who do no to know the language, with next to little skills for a modern society and with an end not in sight.
Statistics Finland reported Tuesday that the average number of unemployed people last year was 252,000, some 20,000 more than in 2014.
Those numbers pushed the average jobless rate to 9.4 percent in 2015, up from an average of 8.7 percent in 2014.
Last year the employment rate fell slightly to 68.1 percent, from 68.3 percent one year earlier – a point noted by Juha Sipilä’s government, which says it wants to increase the employment rate to 72 percent by creating 110,000 new jobs.
Last year the number of working age people who had fallen through the cracks and dropped out of the job market was 144,000, some 5,000 more than in 2014.
The number crunchers said that this group had grown steadily since 2008.
Ex-ministry official: Gov’t unlikely to achieve job creation goal
On Tuesday former Finance Ministry director general Jukka Pekkarinen expressed skepticism about the government’s ability to reach its goal of creating over 100,000 new jobs.
“People can believe what they will. In order to reach that goal the pull from both the international and Finnish economies would have to be very different from what it is now,” Pekkarinen told Yle’s Aamu-tv breakfast programme.
Pekkarinen said that any measures the government takes to advance employment would have limited effect against the backdrop of the big picture. He noted that economic growth is the alpha and omega of job stimulation and government’s prescriptions should focus on generating growth.
“We would need new measures from the government and other policies to get anywhere near that goal,” he added.
He said such policies could include providing supplementary training as well as ensuring a functional social benefits system that would support people entering the job market.
Economy Minister Olli Rehn, Labour Minister Jari Lindström and Foreign Trade and Development Minister Lenita Toivakka hosted a press conference at noon Tuesday to fill in the gaps in government’s job creation plan.
NOTE: Add to the mix, the government’s plan in focusing on muslim settlers first, getting them into the jobs market, ahead of its own citizens, will only breed more contempt and dísgust. Also the taking on of more debt to fund buffoonish asylum policies is going to piss off an ever increasing amount of Finns.