The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during March totalled 126,200, which is 48,500 more than in March last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in March amounted to 259,100, which is 96,600 more than a year ago. A total of 16,800 of these vacancies were filled during March, 3,800 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 103,500 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 7,500 vacancies were cancelled and 2,400 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 March was 132,700, up 53,400 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 (17,000), elementary occupations (13,400), craft and related trades workers (5,400), associate professionals and technicians (4,700), and plant and machine operators, and assemblers (3,500).