The number of new vacancies reported to Employment and Economic Development Offices and municipalities participating in the local government pilots on employment during October totalled 54,000, which is 25,800 less than in October last year. In all, the number of unfilled vacancies in October was 102,000, which is 58,600 fewer than a year ago. A total of 9,600 of these vacancies were filled during October, 1,900 of them through Employment and Economic Development Offices. A total of 39,400 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 10,000 vacancies were cancelled and 700 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 October was 45,000, down 32,200 on the previous year.
The number of new vacancies had decreased in all occupational groups; the most in the groups of elementary occupations (-5,500), craft and related trades workers (-5,300), professionals (-4,800), service and sales workers (-3,600), plant and machine operators, and assemblers (-3,000), and office and customer service workers (-1,800).