Euro area job vacancy rate at 1.9%

Euro area job vacancy rate at 1.9%

Euro area job vacancy rate at 1.9%

The FINANCIAL -- The job vacancy rate in the euro area (EA19) was 1.9% in the second quarter of 2017, stable compared with the previous quarter and up from 1.7% in the second quarter of 2016, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

In the EU28, the job vacancy rate was 2.0% in the second quarter of 2017, up from 1.9% recorded in the previous quarter and from 1.8% in the second quarter of 2016.

In the euro area, the job vacancy rate in the second quarter of 2017 was 1.6% in industry and construction, and 2.2% in services. In the EU28, the rate was 1.7% in industry and construction, and 2.3% in services.

Member States

Among the Member States for which comparable data are available (see country notes), the highest job vacancy rates in the second quarter of 2017 were recorded in the Czech Republic (3.6%), Belgium (3.3%),

Germany (2.7%), the Netherlands, Austria and the United Kingdom (all 2.6%) as well as Sweden (2.5%). In contrast, the lowest rates were observed in Greece (0.7%), Bulgaria, Spain and Cyprus (all 0.8%) as well as Portugal (0.9%).

Compared with the same quarter of the previous year and among the Member States for which data are comparable over time (see country notes), the job vacancy rate in the second quarter of 2017 rose in nineteen Member States, remained stable in four and fell in Cyprus (-0.2 percentage points – pp), Bulgaria, Greece and Slovakia (all -0.1 pp). The largest increases were registered in the Czech Republic (+0.7 pp), the Netherlands and Austria (both +0.6 pp), Belgium and Slovenia (both +0.5 pp).