Employment and subsistence

Employment services

Employment and Economic Development Offices offer services to unemployed, those who are currently working or entering the working life as well as employers. The Employment and Economic Development Offices have 200 outlets all over Finland.

See the web pages of Economic Development Offices

Economic Development Office, Jyväskylä
Address: Vapaudenkatu 58 A, 40101 Jyväskylä 

Information on Labour Market Subsidy, Basic Unemployment Allowance, Training Subsidy at the Kela's web pages http://www.kela.fi/in/internet/english.nsf*

Labour market subsidy

Labour market subsidy is a financial support to those that are entering the labour market for the first time or have received the basic or earnings-related unemployment allowance for the maximum period. Only a job seeker living in Finland is able to get labour market subsidy and it will not be paid during the period when the person is abroad looking for work.

Read more about labour market subsidy from the Kela's webpages.

The immigrants moving to Finland

If an immigrant does not already have a job when moving to Finland, he/she must enrol as an unemployed job applicant to the Employment and Economic Development Office. During the interview, the employment consultant and the applicant will discuss what kind of work the applicant is looking for. They will also find out what knowledge and skills the applicant has and record them on the database. The applicant’s readiness to look for work, the possibilities of work within the district and the kind of employment services the applicant needs to find work will also be discussed during the interview.

See also
Integration assistance for immigrants

If you have a valid integration plan, your labour market subsidy will be paid to you in the form of integration assistance. It is subject to the same eligibility criteria and payable at the same rate as the labour market subsidy.

The Finnish social protection system includes various forms of financial support and benefits designed to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to take part in working life and society in general. Read more about social support and benefits from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health web pages.

Read more about financial assistance for unemployed immigrants, see Kela's web pages