In the second quarter of 2022, the job vacancy rate was 3% in the European Union, up from 2.9% in the previous quarter and 2.2% in the second quarter of 2021, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, Agerpres read.
Among the Member States for which comparable data are available (see country notes), the highest job vacancy rates in the second quarter of 2022 were recorded in the Netherlands (5.1%), Belgium (5.0%), Czechia (4.9%)
and Austria (4.8%). By contrast, the lowest rates were observed in Bulgaria, Spain and Romania (0.9% in all of them) followed by Slovakia (1.0%).
In the second quarter of 2022, the job vacancy rate was 3.2% in the euro area, up from 3.1% in the previous quarter and 2.3% in the second quarter of 2021. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2019, before the COVID-19 outbreak, the job vacancy rates have increased by 1.0 p.p. in the euro area and by 0.9 p.p. in the EU.
Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, the job vacancy rate increased in twenty-four Member States and remained stable in Czechia, Croatia and Poland. The largest increases were observed in Germany (+1.6 pp), Austria (+1.4 pp) and the Netherlands (+1.3 pp).
By sectors, in Romania, the job vacancy rate stood at 0.9% in the industry and constructions sector and 0.8% in the services sector.
At the EU level, the job vacancy rate was 2.8% in industry and constructions and 3.5% in services.