The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices during February totalled 78,700, which is 5,100 more than in February last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies at Employment and Economic Development Offices in February amounted to 160,600, which is 3,900 less than a year ago. A total of 12,400 of these vacancies were filled during February, 2,300 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 57,700 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 4,800 vacancies were cancelled and 1,500 vacancies could not be filled. The number of vacancies remaining unfilled at the end of February was 89,700, down 4,300 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had decreased in five occupational groups. The number of new vacancies had decreased the most in the groups of elementary occupations (-1,200), clerical support workers (-600), and craft and related trades workers (-500). The number of new job vacancies had increased the most in the groups of technicians and associate professionals (3,900), service and sales workers (2,200), and professionals (800).