Unemployment security for wage earners

As a wage earner who gets unemployed, may you be entitled to unemployment benefits.

To qualify for unemployment benefits you must:  

  • have registered as an unemployed jobseeker  
  • have a valid job search  
  • be looking for a full-time job.

Receiving unemployment benefit implies certain obligations. This means that you are required to:

  • accept work, education or training offered to you
  • participate in services that promote employment.

Duration of employment

The length of your employment contract and why it ended may affect your unemployment benefit. Read more about different situations at Instructions for the start and end of employment

Instructions for customers in local government trials on employment 

If you are a customer of a local government trial on employment, notify your municipality of residence  and if necessary, the TE Office, of any changes. Your municipality of residence submits the labour policy statements that are part of its duties under the Act on local government trial on employment. Your municipality of residence can tell you the grounds of the labour policy statements issued by the municipality. 

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