The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during May totalled 80,800, which is 35,700 more than in May last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in May amounted to 154,800, which is 57,900 more than a year ago. A total of 12,500 of these vacancies were filled during May, 3,700 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 70,000 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 4,400 vacancies were cancelled and 2,000 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 May was 71,200, up 24,100 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had increased in almost all occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of service and sales workers (10,300), craft and related trades workers (7,000), elementary occupations (5,800), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (5,300), professionals (3,300) and technicians and associate professionals (2,800). The number of new vacancies decreased only in the group of skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (-400).