Finland's unemployment rate declined unexpectedly in November, after rising slightly in the previous month, figures from Statistics Finland showed Tuesday.
The jobless rate fell to 8.2 percent in November from 8.3 percent in October. Economists had forecast the rate to increase for a third straight month to 8.5 percent.
In the same month last year, the unemployment rate stood at 7.9 percent.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the unemployment rate rose moderately to 9.0 percent in November from 8.9 percent in October. It was the fourth consecutive month of rise.
The number of unemployed people declined to 215,000 during the month from 220,000 in October. A year ago, the jobless figure totaled 209,000.
Meanwhile, the number of employed people rose to 2.42 million from 2.41 million in the prior month. A year ago, it was 2.43 million.
The youth unemployment, which applies to the 15 to 24 age group, eased to 17.9 percent in November from 18.8 percent in October. In the same month last year, the rate stood at 15.4 percent.
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