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Eurostat: Greece, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia and Romania - lowest job vacancies in the EU

In the third quarter of 2020, the job vacancy rate was 1.7% in both the euro area and the EU, up from 1.6% in the previous quarter and down from 2.2% in the third quarter of 2019, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

 

In the euro area, the job vacancy rate in the third quarter of 2020 was 1.5% in industry and construction, and 1.7% in services. In the EU, the rate was 1.6% in industry and construction, and 1.7% in services.

 

Member States

 

Among the Member States for which comparable data are available (see country notes), the highest job vacancy rates in the third quarter of 2020 were recorded in Czechia (5.3%) and Belgium (3.3%). In contrast, the lowest rates were observed in Greece (0.5%), as well as in Poland and Portugal (both 0.7%), while în Slovakia and Romania (both 0.8%),. Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, the job vacancy rate fell in twenty-four Member States, remained stable in Lithuania and increased in Bulgaria and France (both by 0.1 pp). The largest decreases were recorded in Germany (-1.0 pp), Czechia (-0.9 pp) and Latvia (-0.8 pp).

 

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