The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during December totalled 90,600, which is 40,200 more than in December last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in December amounted to 164,500, which is 71,600 more than a year ago. A total of 10,000 of these vacancies were filled during December, 2,400 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 64,400 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 5,700 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 December was 84,800, up 37,600 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 (13,100), elementary occupations (6,800), craft and related trades workers (5,600), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (5,200) and associate professionals and technicians (4,900).