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 72,600, which is 17,900 fewer than in December last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in December was 129,500, which is 35,000 fewer than a year ago. A total of 9,500 of these vacancies were filled during December, 2,200 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 47,100 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 10,300 vacancies were cancelled and 1,600 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 64,600, down 20,200 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had decreased in almost all occupational groups; the most in the groups of elementary occupations (-3,600), technicians and associate professionals (-3,500), service and sales workers (-3,400), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (-2,600) and craft and related trades workers (-2,400). The number of new vacancies increased only in the group of skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (100).