The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during April totalled 76,100, which is 26,000 more than in April last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in April amounted to 152,900, which is 39,600 more than a year ago. A total of 10,700 of these vacancies were filled during April, 2,500 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 62,900 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 4,600 vacancies were cancelled and 1,600 vacancies could not be filled. The number of vacancies remaining unfilled at Employment and Economic Development Offices and in local government pilots at the end of April was 75,300, up 22,900 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had increased for nine occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of service and sales workers (10,400), craft and related trades workers (5,100), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (4,300), technicians and associate professionals (3,400) and professionals (2,900). The number of new job vacancies decreased only in the group of skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (-4,400).