Fewer job vacancies
There were 54 700 job vacancies in the 3rd quarter of 2014, which was 4 400 fewer than in the 3rd quarter of 2013. This is a decrease of 7 per cent.
|3rd quarter 2014||Change from the previous year|
|Job vacancies||54 700||-4 400|
|Job vacancy rate||2.1||-0.2|
In line with the decrease in the number of job vacancies, the job vacancy rate decreased from 2.3 per cent in the 3rd quarter of 2013 to 2.1 per cent in the 3rd quarter of 2014. The percentage of job vacancies is measured as a percentage of the total number of jobs, i.e. the number of employees and vacancies.
Decrease in mining and quarrying
The largest part of the decrease in job vacancies took place in the private sector. The greatest decrease was in mining and quarrying; an industry dominated by the production of oil and gas. The decrease in job vacancies from the 3rd quarter of 2013 to the same quarter in 2014 was 600, which is a decrease of 35 per cent. The industries transportation and storage as well as professional, scientific and technical activities both had a decrease of 900 vacancies. Domestic trade was the industry with the largest number of job vacancies in the 3rd quarter of 2014 by 5 200. This is a decrease of 500 from the same quarter in 2013. Information and communication had a decrease of 500 in this period, amounting to 2 300 job vacancies in the 3rd quarter.
While there was a decrease in the industries that are dominated by the private sector, there was an increase in the industries that are dominated by the public sector. Residential care activities had 7 900 job vacancies in the 3rd quarter of 2014, which is an increase of 200 compared to the same quarter the previous year. Human health activities had 4 700 job vacancies in the 3rd quarter of 2014; an increase of 500 from the same period the previous year.
More vacancies in the EU
The job vacancy rate in the EU was 1.6 per cent in the 2nd quarter of 2014, up 0.1 percentage point from the same quarter the previous year. The comparison with other countries is based on the 2nd quarter of 2014, as the figures for the 3rd quarter of 2014 have not yet been published. In addition, agriculture, forestry and fishing are excluded.
The job vacancy rates between countries in the EEA vary considerably. In the 2nd quarter of 2014, the job vacancy rate was 2.8 per cent in Germany, 1.8 per cent in Sweden and 0.5 per cent in Poland. By way of comparison, Norway had a job vacancy rate of 2.6 per cent in this quarter.