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 64,700, which is 30,700 fewer than in August last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in August was 114,400, which is 61,100 fewer than a year ago. A total of 9,800 of these vacancies were filled during August, 2,200 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 42,600 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 9,000 vacancies were cancelled and 900 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 54,800, down 32,100 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had decreased for almost all occupational groups; the greatest increases were in the groups of service and sales workers (-6,400), elementary occupations (-6,400), craft and related trades workers (-5,800), associate professionals and technicians (-5,200), and plant and machine operators, and assemblers (-3,600). The number of new vacancies remained unchanged in the occupational group of armed forces.