The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during February totalled 92,000, which is 30,500 fewer than in February last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in February was 198,400, which is 44,000 fewer than a year ago. A total of 11,300 of these vacancies were filled during February, 1,700 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 65,600 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 13,100 vacancies were cancelled and 1,100 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 February was 113,100, down 27,000 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had decreased in seven occupational groups; the greatest decreases were in the groups of service and sales workers (-8,700), craft and related trades workers (-5,700), elementary occupations (-5,200), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (-4,500) and associate professionals and technicians (-3,500). The number of new vacancies increased the most in the groups of managers (100) and skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (100).