Fewer job vacancies
There were 61 000 job vacancies in the 1st quarter of 2014, which is 6 500 fewer than in the 1st quarter of 2013. Much of the decrease was in the private sector.
|1st quarter 2014||Change from the previous year|
|Job vacancies||61 000||-6 500|
|Job vacancy rate||2.3||-0.3|
In line with the decrease in the number of job vacancies, the job vacancy rate decreased from 2.7 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2013 to 2.3 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2014. The percentage of job vacancies is measured as a percentage of the total number of jobs, i.e. the number of persons in employment and vacancies.
Decrease in administrative and support service activities and domestic trade
A large part of the decrease in job vacancies was in the private sector. In administrative and support service activities, there was a decrease of 2 000 job vacancies from the 1st quarter of 2013 to the same quarter of 2014. Nevertheless, this industry had a higher percentage of job vacancies than the average of all industries combined. Domestic trade had a decrease of 1 700 job vacancies from the previous year.
The percentage of job vacancies in real estate activities was reduced from 2.1 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2013 to 1.3 per cent in the same quarter of 2014. Accommodation and food service activities had a decrease of 0.6 percentage points in the same period, to 2.3 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2014.
Up in the EU
The job vacancy rate in the EU was 1.5 per cent in the 4th quarter of 2013, up 0.1 percentage point from the same quarter in the previous year. The comparison with other countries is based on the 4th quarter of 2013, as the figures for the 1st quarter of 2014 have not yet been published. In addition, agriculture, forestry and fishing are excluded.
The job vacancy rates in the EEA countries vary considerably. In the 4th quarter of 2013, the job vacancy rate was 0.7 per cent in Finland and 2.4 per cent in Belgium. As a comparison, Norway had a job vacancy rate of 2.0 per cent in this quarter.