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Unemployment

Obligations of the jobseeker

Apply for jobs

You must apply for jobs to receive unemployment benefit. You agree with the TE Office's or your municipality's employment services expert on how many jobs you must apply for per month. You can apply for vacancies and send open applications to employers. If you are working part-time or on-demand, you can apply for more working hours from your employer.

In addition, the TE Office or your municipality's employment services may send you offers of employment, i.e. notifications of jobs.

If you do not apply for work as agreed, the payment of your unemployment benefit may be interrupted or you may lose your right to unemployment benefit for a fixed period or until further notice.

Updated: 23/9/2022

Apply to study

In order to receive unemployment benefit, you must apply to study in the spring. You must apply to study even if you have been working for some time and would apply for an earnings-related unemployment allowance from an unemployment fund or Kela's basic unemployment allowance.

Education is ultimately the best way to prevent future unemployment. Education will probably also enable you to get a pleasant job and a reasonably good income. 

Updated: 26/4/2022

Take care of your other obligations

In addition to applying for jobs, you must take care of the following:

  • Be available and keep your contact details up to date with the TE Office or your municipality of residence, as contact details are not updated for them from the Population Information System or Kela. 
  • Keep in touch with the TE Office or your municipality and at the agreed time.
  • Apply to the training provided by the TE Office or your municipality. 
  • Apply to and participate in the agreed services.
  • Complete the tasks agreed upon with the TE Office or your municipality by the agreed deadlines.

Contact the TE Office and your municipality by phone, in the E-services or through pre-arranged meetings. 

When you comply with these obligations, your job search will remain valid and you will have the right to unemployment benefit.

If you do not comply with your obligations, the payment of your unemployment benefit may be interrupted or you may lose your right to unemployment benefit for a fixed period or until further notice. 

Updated: 29/4/2022

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