Last Updated on Friday, 19 March, 2021 at 8:43 pm by Andre Camilleri
In the fourth quarter of 2020, the job vacancy rate was 1.9% in the euro area, up from 1.7% in the previous quarter and down from 2.2% in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The job vacancy rate in the EU was 1.8% in the fourth quarter of 2020, also up from 1.7% in the previous quarter and down from 2.2% in the fourth quarter of 2019.
In the euro area, the job vacancy rate in the fourth quarter of 2020 was 1.7% in industry and construction, and 2.0% in services. In the EU,the rate was 1.7% in industry and construction, and 1.9% in services.
Among the Member States for which comparable data are available (see country notes), the highest job vacancy rates in the fourth quarter of 2020 were recorded in Czechia (5.0%), Germany (3.0%) and Belgium (2.9%). In contrast, the lowest rates were observed in Greece (0.5% in the third quarter of 2020), as well as in Bulgaria, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia (all 0.7%).
Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, the job vacancy rate fell in twenty-three Member States and remained stable in Denmark, Ireland, Cyprus and Luxembourg. The largest decreases were recorded in Latvia (-1.1 pp), Czechia (-0.9 pp) and the Netherlands (-0.7 pp).