The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during May totalled 111,700, which is 30,800 more than in May last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in May amounted to 221,600, which is 66,800 more than a year ago. A total of 16,900 of these vacancies were filled during May, 4,100 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 97,400 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 10,400 vacancies were cancelled and 3,000 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 May was 99,500, 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 (11,900), other workers (8,000), technicians and associate professionals (5,000) and plant and machine operators, and assemblers (2,600).