The government runs into a moving train that just accelerates its pace.
Next Monday, the budget brawl will begin, where measures must be found to employ at least 30,000 people, at least in terms of numbers.
It has been considered a very difficult task until now.
Today, an ice bucket of water came to that goal with a bucket trade.
The employers' organization Teknologiateollisuus published the results of its latest corona pulse membership survey.
The data has been collected over the past week, so the views of the companies are very up to date.
Based on the survey, the Technology Industry estimates that almost 10,000 jobs will be lost in the sector by the end of the year.
Given the indirect importance flowing through subcontractors, the figure rises to more than 20,000.
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It’s a hugely rugged piece of information to this moment.
It was known that Finland is, so to speak, post-cyclical.
When other countries are doing badly because of the interest rate, big investments are postponed - or left unordered altogether.
This is now reflected in the export books of export companies, which are starting to be empty.
So in some companies.
Others are still doing quite well.
Nearly half of companies in the technology industry reported that the quietest time is just coming.
The bottom of the industry will therefore not come until the last quarter of the year or the beginning of next year.
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There is enough to think about in the dark autumn evenings, because the influence of the export industry is quite great.
The much more cheerful news would certainly have been needed for the budget controversy as well.
But these go.
If 30,000 jobs can now be found somewhere calculated, then, according to the calculations of the Technology Industry, 20,000 will be lost during the rest of the year.