The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during August totalled 90,100, which is 34,500 more than in August last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in August amounted to 155,300, which is 56,700 more than a year ago. A total of 11,500 of these vacancies were filled during August, 2,900 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 64,800 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 4,900 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 August was 75,800, up 28,300 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had increased in all occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of service and sales workers (8,500), craft and related trades workers (7,200), elementary occupations (6,200), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (5,500) and associate professionals and technicians (2,300).