The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during October totalled 53,000, which is 12,100 less than in October last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices in October amounted to 100,600, which is 20,400 less than a year ago. A total of 8,700 of these vacancies were filled during October, 3,400 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 46,800 vacancies were closed for applications because the application period had ended or because there was a sufficient number of applicants. In addition, a total of 2,800 vacancies were cancelled and 1,400 vacancies could not be filled. The number of vacancies remaining unfilled at the end of October was 44,700, down 10,800 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had decreased in nine occupational groups. The number of new vacancies had decreased the most in the groups of service and sales workers (-4,400), elementary occupations (-3,800), craft and related trades workers (-1,600), clerical support workers (-900), and plant and machine operators, and assemblers (-800). The number of new job vacancies had increased in the category of skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (20).