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53.1% of Latvia able-bodied population employed

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe economically active population has dropped 2.6%, compared to 2009. Nearly two thirds (65.3%) of this age group were economically active – 69.5% among men and 61.5% among women.

All in all 940.9 thousand persons (53.1% of population aged from 15 to 74) were employed in 2010. Only 5.3% of them did not work due to various reasons (vacation, illness, childcare leave, studies).

Both the number of the employed population and the proportion of employed in the total population dropped in 2010, compared 986.7 thousand persons in 2009 (55,2%), indicates the Central Statistical Bureau.

In the total number of the employed, women constituted a slightly higher proportion than men – 51.7% and 48.3%, respectively.

In 2010 the number of jobseekers accounted for 216.1 thousand people or 18.7% of the active population (both the employed and the unemployed). Compared to 2009, the number of the unemployed and their proportion in the active population during this period have increased.

The proportion of the men-jobseekers in the total number of economically-active men was higher than that of women (in the proportion of active women), constituting 21.7% and 15.7%, respectively. According to the State Employment Agency’s data, the registered unemployment rate in Latvia in 2010 was 15.6%.

Nearly a half (97.3 thousand people or 45%) of the total jobseeker proportion was made up by permanently unemployed persons. Compared to the previous year, the number of them has grown doubled (by 44.4 thousand). In the current economic climate the number of the unemployed with previous work experience is still high. In 2010 there were 190.2 thousand jobseekers with work experience or 88% of the total number of the unemployed, but a year ago this indicator comprised 176.9 thousand persons (88.1%).

Of the economically-inactive population in 2010, pensioners comprised slightly more than two fifths (44.3%), while every fourth (28.4%) inactive person was a pupil or full time student not employed in the reference period. Every tenth (10%) of the economically-inactive considered himself or herself to be a housekeeper, whereas every thirteenth (7.9%) had been ill for a long time or disabled.

51.9 thousand people had lost their hopes of finding a job (8.4% of the total number of economically-inactive population). Compared to 2009, the number of persons lost hopes to find employment has surged 13.1 thousand people.

 

 

 


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  1. Piter says:

    Slightly more than a half… not very promising..

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