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Malta among top EU member states with largest drop in job vacancy rate

6th July 2020

The Eurostat figures cover the first quarter of 2020, when EU member states introduced COVID-19 measures.

Malta, as well Italy and Latvia, have registered the largest decrease in job vacancy rate in the EU, according to statistics published by Eurostat. The job vacancy rate measures the proportion of total job posts that are vacant, expressed as a percentage,

In the first quarter of 2020, when EU Member States were introducing COVID-19 measures, the job vacancy rate in the euro area was 1.9 per cent, down from 2.2 per cent in the previous quarter, and from 2.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2019.

The job vacancy rate in the EU was also 1.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2020, down from 2.1 per cent in the previous quarter, and from 2.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2019. 

In the euro area, within the industry and construction sector, the job vacancy rate in the first quarter of 2020 was 1.6 per cent and 2 per cent in services. In the EU, the rate was 1.7 per cent within the industry and construction sector, and 2 per cent in services.

The highest job vacancy rates in the first quarter of 2020 were recorded in Czechia (5.7 per cent), Belgium (3.2 per cent), and Austria (2.9 per cent). Whilst, the lowest rates were seen in Poland (0.6 per cent), Italy, Ireland and Bulgaria (all 0.7 per cent).

The job vacancy rate of countries for which data is registered, when compared with the same quarter of 2019, fell in 20 member states. Italy, Latvia and Malta experienced the largest decreases (-1.1 percentage points in all).


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Malta among top EU member states with largest drop in job vacancy rate