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Unemployed persons with partial work ability decreases

29 Apr 2019, 19:21 ( 2 Months ago) | updated: 30 Apr 2019, 00:21 ( 2 Months ago)

DF Report
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More and more people with partial work ability are finding jobs now. Since 2015 the number of unemployed persons with partial work ability has decreased by 30.2%,said a government press release.

As many as 1.9 million Finns of working age have some type of disability or chronic disease. A third of them, or about 600,000 persons, find that the disease or disability affects their work or work opportunities. 

The number of people with partial work ability is estimated to rise as the population ages.

For these reasons, past Finnish Governments have launched programs in order to find solutions to keep people with disabilities at work or find employment for them. These efforts have been highly successful and since 2015 the number of unemployed persons with partial work ability has decreased by 30.2%. The number of long-term unemployed people with partial work ability has decreased as well.

At present, there are 12,000 less unemployed jobseekers with partial work ability than at the start of the year 2015. This alone will generate direct savings of EUR 100 million per year as unemployment costs are reduced. 

The increased consumption creates indirect economic benefits, such as new jobs, increased tax revenue and reduced health and social expenditure.