The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during July totalled 72,200, which is 25,800 more than in July last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in July amounted to 136,000, which is 49,300 more than a year ago. A total of 8,400 of these vacancies were filled during July, 2,600 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 57,800 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 3,800 vacancies were cancelled and 1,900 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 July was 69,300, up 25,700 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 (7,400), craft and related trades workers (5,600), elementary occupations (4,700), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (3,800) and associate professionals and technicians (2,200). The number of new job vacancies decreased only in the group of armed forces (-3).