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SEA: level of registered unemployment in Latvia down to 7.8% in April

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn April 2017, there were 76,431 unemployed people registered with Latvia’s State Employment Agency. By the end of April this number declined to 71,705. The total level of registered unemployment in the country declined 0.5% in comparison with March. It was 7.8% at the end of April, according to data from SEA.

The lowest unemployment level was noted in Riga region – 4.9%. The highest, on the other hand, was noted in Latgale – 17.7%. Kurzeme’s unemployment level was 9% at the end of April. Unemployment in Vidzeme was 8.4% and in Zemgale it was 7.4%.

Unemployment levels in Latvia’s largest cities in April were as follows: Riga – 4.6%, Valmiera – 4.6%, Jelgava – 5.4%, Ventspils – 6.2%, Jurmala – 6.5%, Jekabpils – 9.6%, Liepaja – 10.4%, Daugavpils – 11.2% and Rezekne – 14.7%.

SEA director Evita Simsone comments data the following way: «Registered unemployment level had declined in all of the country’s regions and large cities in April. Unemployment declined the most in Kurzeme and Vidzeme – by 0.9 percentage points. In Riga, the registered unemployment level has declined by five percentage points. While up until now the lowest unemployment level was noted in Riga, there is now a newcomer to the ranks of cities with low unemployment level – Valmiera. Unemployment in both cities is 4.6%.»

She also adds that the number of vacancies registered with SEA continues to increase. Employers registered 21,911 new jobs with SEA in the first four months of 2017. Compared with the same period of last year, the number of registered jobs has increased 22%.

It should be noted that SEA’s database contained 515 vacancies at the beginning of May. Employers mentioned marked those jobs as seasonal.

«We performed a study among employers at the beginning of the year. Results show that 11% of Latvian employers plan to create new jobs in 2017. In total, more than eight thousands of jobs are planned to be created in Latvia this year,» says SEA director.

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