The job vacancy rate in the euro area (EA19) was 2.0% in the fourth quarter of 2017, up from 1.9% recorded in the previous quarter and from 1.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the EU28, the job vacancy rate was 2.0% in the fourth quarter of 2017, stable compared with the previous quarter, but up from 1.8% in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Among the Member States for which comparable data are available (see country notes), the highest job vacancy rates in the fourth quarter of 2017 were recorded in the Czech Republic (4.4%), Belgium (3.4%), Germany (2.8%), the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (both 2.6%). In contrast, the lowest rates were observed in Greece (0.1%), Spain (0.7%), Bulgaria and Portugal (both 0.8%).
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