More job vacancies in Q1 of this year, INS data reveal

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In the first quarter of 2016, the job vacancies rate was 1.27 percent, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) shows, up by 0.06 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. At the same time, the number of job vacancies stood at 58.3 thousand, an increase by 3.6 thousand as against the previous quarter. By comparison with the same quarter of 2015, the vacancies rate increased by 0.24 percentage points and the number of job vacancies increased by 13.2 thousand.

The highest rates were registered in public administration (3.47 percent), other service activities, respectively in arts, entertainment and recreation (2.50 percent each).

The budgetary sector summed up almost one third of the total number of jobs. Thus, 8.9 thousand vacancies were registered in public administration, 7.7 thousand vacancies in human health and social work activities, respectively 2.4 thousand job vacancies in education.

At the opposite side, the lowest values of the rates were found in mining and quarrying (0.41 percent), followed by electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (0.42 percent).

As against the previous quarter, the most significant increase for both the rate and the number of vacancies was registered in construction (+0.32 percentage points, respectively +1.1 thousand job vacancies).

At the opposite side, with the most relevant rate decrease, the activities related to agriculture, forestry and fishing (‐0.22 percentage points) were found and as for the number of job vacancies, important decreases were noticed in trade activities (‐0.8 thousand vacancies).

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