The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during October totalled 91,600, which is 38,600 more than in October last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in October amounted to 169,700, which is 69,100 more than a year ago. A total of 13,200 of these vacancies were filled during October, 4,200 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 73,900 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 5,300 vacancies were cancelled and 2,500 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 October was 81,100, up 36,400 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had increased for all occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of service and sales workers (11,100), elementary occupations (8,100), craft and related trades workers (6,500), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (4,400) and associate professionals and technicians (4,000).