The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during March totalled 77,700, which is 14,200 more than in March last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in March amounted to 162,500, which is 12,600 more than a year ago. A total of 13,600 of these vacancies were filled during March, 4,300 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 66,800 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 4,200 vacancies were cancelled and 1,400 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 March was 79,300, up 14,600 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had increased in eight occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of service and sales workers (4,200), technicians and associate professionals (3,300), professionals (2,900) and plant and machine operators, and assemblers (2,400). The number of new job vacancies had decreased the most in the group of skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (-1,400).