Social life

Labour market indicators have improved year-on-year

news release no 19

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2018, the labour force participation rate was 71.9%, the employment rate was 68.1% and the unemployment rate was 5.4%. The number of long‑term unemployed was the lowest of the last 20 years.

Unemployed and long-term unemployed, 2000–2018

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How does wealth affect consumption?

Eesti Statistika Kvartalikiri. 4/18. Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics Estonia (p. 9)
Märt Leesment

Quite often, money is used as the measure of wealth. Consumer demand has a direct impact on supply, i.e. the activity of entrepreneurs. Thus, it is good to understand the correlation between consumption and economic development, whether and how wealth affects the consumption of goods and services and how the consumption pattern is related to both the economic development of countries as well as the wealth of their households.

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295,000 Estonian residents lived at risk of poverty last year

news release no 133

According to Statistics Estonia, 22.6% of the Estonian population lived at risk of poverty in 2017.  The percentage of people at risk of poverty increased 1.6 percentage points compared to the previous year.

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Household Budget Survey starts in December

news release no 126

On Sunday, 9 December, Statistics Estonia launches the Household Budget Survey, to collect data from households on their daily expenditure and consumption. The survey runs until the end of 2019.

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Older persons are becoming more active in the labour market

news release no 117

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 3rd quarter of 2018, the unemployment rate was 5.2%, the employment rate was 68.2% and the labour force participation rate was 72%. The unemployment rate remained low and is similar to that of economic boom years. The employment rate and the labour force participation are even higher than during the boom years. Employment of older persons is at a record high.

Labour force participation rate by age group, 3rd quarter, 2000–2018

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The use of sharing economy services is growing

news release no 100

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2018, the share of internet users among 16–74-year-olds reached 89%, which is 1 percentage point more than a year ago. The share of internet users who ordered accommodation and transport services from private persons increased by 4 and 3 percentage points, respectively.

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Unemployment decreased rapidly

news release no 85

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 2nd quarter of 2018, the unemployment rate was 5.1%, the employment rate 68.2% and the labour force participation rate 71.9%. The unemployment rate was the lowest in a decade.

Unemployment rate by age group, 2nd quarter, 2014–2018

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Fiction publications hit a record

Eesti Statistika Kvartalikiri. 2/18. Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics Estonia (p. 16)
Riina Leinbock

In 2017, the number of museum visits as well as cinema attendance exceeded 3.5 million for the first time. Theatres were visited slightly more than 1.1 million times. The number of printed fiction titles – 1,173 books – set a new record in 2017. The number of users of public libraries has, after a decline of some ten years, stabilised at 353,500.

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The share of older students in vocational and higher education is increasing

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Riina Leinbock

In the academic year 2017/2018, there were 153,300 students acquiring general education, 24,100 vocational education and approximately 46,200 higher education in Estonia. Compared to the previous academic year, the number of students in general education increased by 4,100; in vocational education it decreased by 900 and in higher education by 1600.

Full-time students in general education, 2007‒2017

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Social protection expenditure on the rise

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Marin Tasuja

In 2017, the social protection field was mostly characterised by growth trends: the average old-age pension exceeded 400 euros, labour market measures are being used more and there is a greater variety of them, the expenditure on family allowances increased and new allowances for large families were added. The number of old-age pensioners and subsistence benefit recipients has declined.

The number of health insurance benefit cases by type of benefit, 2007–2017

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