The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during August totalled 95,400, which is 5,400 more than in August last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in August amounted to 175,500, which is 20,100 more than a year ago. A total of 12,800 of these vacancies were filled during August, 3,600 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 64,100 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 12,900 vacancies were cancelled and 2,200 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 August was 87,000, up 11,100 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had increased for seven occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of technicians and associate professionals (4,400), service and sales personnel (2,800), professionals (600) and managers (300). The number of new vacancies decreased the most in the groups of craft and related trades workers (-1,600), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (-700) and office and customer service workers (-700).