The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during January totalled 114,700, which is 10,400 fewer than in January last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in January was 176,500, which is 31,600 fewer than a year ago. A total of 11,100 of these vacancies were filled during January, 2,500 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 46,900 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 11,600 vacancies were cancelled and 1,500 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 January was 109,500, down 16,800 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had decreased for six occupational groups; the most in the groups of craft and related trades workers (-4,800), technicians and associate professionals (-3,100), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (-2,100) and office and customer service workers (-1,700). The number of new vacancies increased the most in the group of service and sales workers (1,300).