The Ministry of Employment and the Economy compiles statistics on the clients of the Employment and economic development offices (TE offices): job-seekers registered at the TE offices, vacancies reported by employers and also labour market policy services which aim to advance the employment of the job-seekers. Services included in the statistics are for example labour market training, pay subsidies, training, work/training trials and job alternation leave.
Most of the job-seekers are unemployed. They have to register as job-seekers among other things in order to receive unemployment allowance. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy compiles comprehensive statistics on unemployment, and announces every month the number of unemployed job-seekers and the number of people participating in labour market policy services. This data is published once a month in the Employment bulletin.
Further information on the Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland and Employment Service Statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy is available in the report ”Työttömyys ja työllisyys tilastoissa - Tilastokeskuksen ja työministeriön tilastojen vertailua. Tilastokeskus, Työmarkkinat 2002:17”. The report is only available in Finnish.
The data in the Employment service statistics of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy and the data in the Labour force survey of Statistics Finland are released at the same time every month. The release date varies between the 20th and the 26th day of the month.