Jobs disappeared particularly in industrial, construction, retail, and business-service sectors. In addition, an increasing percentage of the positions available were either on a part-time or temporary basis. Private sector jobs decreased to 64 percent of open jobs.
The average number of open jobs for the whole year was about the same when compared to the annual average in 2007, but an early spike was balanced out by the Q4 slump.
Statistics Finland's report is based on a sampling of private and public employers.