The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during April totalled 74,400, which is 36,800 fewer than in April last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in April was 170,300, which is 70,400 fewer than a year ago. A total of 12,500 of these vacancies were filled during April, 2,700 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 70,900 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 12,500 vacancies were cancelled and 1,000 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 April was 81,100, down 35,800 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had decreased in almost all occupational groups; the most in the groups of service and sales workers (-10,500), elementary occupations (-9,400), professionals (-5,200), craft and related trades workers (-5,000) and plant and machine operators, and assemblers (-3,700). The number of new vacancies remained unchanged in the occupations group of armed forces.