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Europe – Euro area and EU job vacancy rates rise in Q1



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17 June 2022

The euro area job vacancy rate stood at 3.1% in the first quarter of 2022, up from 2.8% in the previous quarter and 2.1% in the first quarter of 2021. At the same time, the job vacancy rate in the EU was 2.9% in the first quarter of 2022. Up from 2.6% in the previous quarter and 2.0% in the first quarter of 2021, according to the statistical office of the European Union Eurostat.

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Compared with the Q4 2019, before the Covid-19 outbreak, the job vacancy rates increased by 0.9% in the euro area and 0.8% in the EU.

In the euro area, the job vacancy rate in the first quarter of 2022 was 2.9% in industry and construction and 3.6% in services. In the EU, the rate was 2.8% in industry and construction and 3.4% in services.

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Among the member states for which comparable data are available, the highest job vacancy rates in the first quarter of 2022 were recorded in Czechia (5.3%), the Netherlands (4.9%), Belgium (4.8%) and Austria (4.7%).

By contrast, the lowest rates were observed in Greece (0.8%), Spain and Bulgaria (0.9% in both).

Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, the job vacancy rate increased in all 27 member states. The largest increases were observed in the Netherlands and Austria (both +1.9%)

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Data from Eurostat published earlier this month showed that employment in the euro area increased by 2.9% and 2.8% in the EU in the first quarter of 2022 when compared with the same quarter last year, according to data from Eurostat.


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