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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAt the end of 2016, in Latvia there were 884.4 thousand occupied posts. Compared to the end of 2015, the number thereof has grown by 7.0 thousand or 0.8 % in 2016.

During the year, the number of occupied posts in private sector rose by 10.6 thousand or 1.8 %, reaching 595.6 thousand. In the 4th quarter of 2016, the number of occupied posts in public sector accounted for 288.8 thousand – a decrease of 3.6 thousand or 1.2 %, compared to the corresponding period of 2015, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Over the year, the number of occupied posts amongst plant and machine operators and assemblers increased by 3.7 %, among managers by 3.3 %, among technicians and associate professionals by 2.9 %, among professionals and elementary occupations by 1.6 %, and among clerical support workers by 0.9 %. Reduction, in its turn, was observed in the number of skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (of 13.9 %), craft and related trades workers (of 3.7 %) and service and sales workers (1.8 %).

The most notable increase in the number of occupied posts was recorded in information and communication sector (of 9.5 % or 2.7 thousand) as well as water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities (of 7.3 % or 0.5 thousand).

Mining and quarrying sector indicates the sharpest decline in the number of occupied posts – of 2.5 %. Significant reduction was observed also in construction and other services sectors – 2.1 % in each.

At the end of 2016, there were 14.4 thousand job vacancies in Latvia; compared to the end of 2015, the number thereof has grown by 4.3 thousand. The number of job vacancies constituted 5.6 thousand in public sector and 8.8 thousand in private sector. Out of the total number of jobs in the country 1.6 % were vacant, 2.0 % of which in public sector and 1.5 % in private sector. The highest job vacancy rate was recorded among craft and related trades workers (1.9 %), technicians and associate professionals (1.8 %), and elementary occupations (1.8 %).

At the end of 2015, the job vacancy data collection process was improved, therefore data on the period before the 4th quarter of 2015 are not comparable with the latest information. To ensure data comparability, job vacancy statistics time series will be recalculated until the end of June 2017.

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