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In the third quarter of 2015 Croatia recorded a job vacancy rate that was close to half the job vacancy rate in the previous quarter, while in the EU the job vacancy rate remained unchanged, at 1.7%, show data from the EU's statistical office Eurostat.

The seasonally unadjusted job vacancy rate in Croatia in Q3 was 0.8%, while in Q2 it was 1.5%.

The job vacancy rate measures the percentage of vacant posts compared with the total number of occupied and unoccupied posts. It shows how well aligned job supply and job demand are on the labour market. A higher job vacancy rate signals unmet demand, and a lower job vacancy rate shows a higher rate of alignment of job supply and job demand.

In the EU, the highest job vacancy rate in the July-September 2015 period was recorded in Belgium, 2.7% It is followed by Germany and Great Britain, each with a vacancy rate of 2.6%, and the Czech Republic, with 2.3%. The lowest job vacancy rates were reported by Latvia, 0.4%, and Poland and Portugal, 0.6%.

The EU28 job vacancy rate in Q3 was 1.7%, almost the same as in the previous three months. In Q3 2014 it was 1.6%.

In the euro area, the seasonally unadjusted job vacancy rate in Q3 was 1.6%, as against 1.7% in the previous quarter. In Q3 2014, the job vacancy rate was 1.6%

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