Unemployment benefit

The unemployment benefit helps you financially until you find a job or start studies. Its purpose is to secure your financial livelihood during your job seeking, which will improve your chances of entering or returning to working life.

Financial security for the unemployed

The unemployment benefit is money that is paid to you by either Kela or an unemployment fund (if you are a fund member). The different kinds of unemployment benefits include earnings-related unemployment allowance, basic unemployment allowance and labour market subsidy.

You are entitled to earnings-related unemployment allowance or basic unemployment allowance paid by Kela, if you were employed before your unemployment and you meet the work requirement. Kela’s website contains more information on the work requirement and a calculator you can use to assess whether you meet the requirement or not. If you do not meet the work requirement, you can receive the labour market subsidy.

Read more about the basic unemployment allowance and labour market subsidy paid by Kela.

Read more about the earnings-related unemployment allowance paid by unemployment funds.

Follow these steps

This is how you apply for the unemployment benefits

Frequently asked questions