The job vacancy rate in the EU28 was 1.8% in the third quarter of 2016, stable compared with the previous quarter and up from 1.6% in the third quarter of 2015.
In the euro area, the job vacancy rate in the third quarter of 2016 was 1.3% in industry and construction, and 2.0% in services. In the EU28, the rate was 1.4% in industry and construction, and 2.1% in services.
Among the member states for which comparable data are available, the highest job vacancy rates in the third quarter of 2016 were recorded in the Czech Republic (3.1%), Belgium (2.9%), the United Kingdom (2.5%) and Germany (2.3%).
The lowest were in Spain and Portugal (both 0.7%), Bulgaria, Greece and Poland (all 0.8%).
Compared with a year ago, the job vacancy rate in the third quarter of 2016 rose in twenty three Member States and remained stable in five. The largest increases were registered in Latvia (+1.2 pp), the Czech Republic (+0.8 pp) and Cyprus (+0.7 pp).
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