Moderate decrease in job vacancies
There were 67 600 job vacancies in the 1st quarter of 2013. This is a decrease of 1 600 compared to the 1st quarter of 2012. In the 4th quarter of 2012, the decrease was 4 400 compared to the same quarter in 2011. This implies a slower pace in the decrease of job vacancies compared to the decrease in the last three quarters of 2012.
|1st quarter 2013||Change from the previous year|
|Job vacancies||67 600||-1 600|
|Job vacancy rate||2.7||-0.1|
Administrative and support service activities had the highest number of job vacancies in the 1st quarter of 2013, with 10 200. Then followed residential care activities with 7 200. The industries with the highest number of employees generally have the highest number of job vacancies. However, in times when the economy is rising, an industry will tend to have more job vacancies.
Job vacancy rate is 2.7
The job vacancy rate in the 1st quarter of 2013 was 2.7; a small decrease from the 1st quarter of 2012. The job vacancy rate in administrative and support service activities was 6.7 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2013, which is a decrease of 0.7 percentage points. The job vacancy rate in social work activities without accommodation was 2.5 per cent, which is an increase of 0.7 percentage points from the 1st quarter of 2012. In information and communication, the corresponding figure was 3.7 per cent, which is a decrease of 0.5 percentage points from the 1st quarter of 2012.
Germany has the highest job vacancy rate
In the 4th quarter of 2012, Germany had the highest rate of job vacancies among the EEA countries, with 2.7 per cent. The comparison with other countries is based on the 4th quarter of 2012, as the figures for the 1st quarter of 2013 have not yet been published.
Norway had the second largest percentage of job vacancies in the 4th quarter of 2012, with a rate of 2.3 per cent. The job vacancy rates in Sweden and Finland were 1.2 and 1.5 per cent respectively. The EU countries combined had a job vacancy rate of 1.4 per cent in the 4th quarter of 2012. Portugal had the lowest rate of job vacancies of 0.3 per cent Agriculture, forestry and fishing are excluded from this international comparison. More information is available on Eurostat’s website.