The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during December totalled 50,400, which is 5,000 less than in December the previous year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices in December amounted to 92,800, which is 11,200 less than a year ago. A total of 6,500 of these vacancies were filled during December, 2,200 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 37,700 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 1,800 vacancies were cancelled and 1,200 vacancies could not be filled. The number of vacancies remaining unfilled at the end of December was 47,200, down 6,900 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had decreased in seven occupational groups. The number of new vacancies had decreased the most in the groups of elementary occupations (-2,300), craft and related trades workers (-1,700), and service and sales workers (-1,300). The number of new vacancies had increased the most in the groups of technicians and associate professionals (800) and professionals (100).