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Employers struggle to fill jobs as vacancies increase

New data show that third-quarter job vacancies increased 12 percent this year compared to last year, but some employers say they’re having trouble filling open positions.

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New data out Friday show job growth was strongest in the industrial sector Image: Jyrli Lyytikkä / Yle

Finland’s state data cruncher Statistics Finland said Friday that the labour market saw a marked increased in available jobs in the third quarter of the year.

Between July and September, jobseekers could browse over 34,000 job vacancies, some 12 percent more than during the same period last year.

Some 36 percent of the open positions were fixed term contracts, compared to 30 percent in 2016.

Open positions increased most in the industrial sector, where the private sector accounted for 85 percent of all vacancies, compared to 82 percent one year ago.

Jobseekers in urban areas in eastern, western and northern Finland benefited most from the job growth.

Statistics Finland noted that the industrial and mining sectors are currently struggling with a labour shortage. However employers in these sectors have said that roughly half of jobs have proven difficult to fill, a situation that has also plagued the construction sector.

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