At the end of September 153 thousand vacancies were unfilled, about as much as at the end of the first and the second quarter of 2005. Taken into account seasonal effects, the number of vacancies increased with 27 percent in the third quarter compared to the second quarter.
The number of vacancies almost doubled over a period of two years. In the third quarter of 2003 the number of vacancies, adjusted for seasonal effects, reached its lowest point at 92 thousand. Since then the number of vacancies showed an almost continuous increase. The only exception is the second quarter of 2005, when the number of vacancies was slightly lower than in the previous quarter.
In the third quarter of 2005 the number of vacancies rose strongly in virtually all sectors of economy. Only the non-commercial services stayed behind a bit with a relative small increase of 9 percent.