Euro area job vacancy rate at 1.6%

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The FINANCIAL — The job vacancy rate in the euro area (EA19) was 1.6% in the third quarter of 2015, down from 1.7% in the previous quarter, but stable compared with the third quarter of 2014, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

The job vacancy rate in the EU28 was 1.7% in the third quarter of 2015, stable compared with the previous quarter but up from 1.6% in the third quarter of 2014.

In the euro area, the job vacancy rate in the third quarter of 2015 was 1.1% in industry and construction and 2.0% in services. In the EU28, the rate was 1.2% in industry and construction and 2.1% in services.

Member States

Among the Member States for which comparable data are available, the highest job vacancy rates in the third quarter of 2015 were recorded in Belgium (2.7%), Germany and the United Kingdom (both 2.6%) and the Czech Republic (2.3%), and the lowest in Latvia (0.4%), Poland and Portugal (both 0.6%).

The job vacancy rate rose in twenty Member States, remained stable in five and fell in three compared to the third quarter of 2014. The largest increases were registered in the Czech Republic (+0.9 percentage points), Malta (+0.7 pp) and Cyprus (+0.4 pp). The only decreases were recorded in Germany and Portugal (both -0.1 pp) and Greece (-0.2 pp).

 

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