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Economically active population drops 1.7%

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULabour Force Survey results on the 1st quarter of 2011 show, if comparing to the corresponding period a year before, economically active population has shrank 1.7%, namely, nearly two thirds (64.6%) of the population were active. The respective indicator comprises 69.6% among men and 60.1% among women, according to the the Central Statistical Bureau.

All in all, 944.3 thousand persons (53.8% of the total number of population aged 15-74 years) were employed. Only 3.5% of them did not work due to various reasons (vocation, illness, childcare leave of up to 3 months, etc.). Compared with the 1st quarter of 2010, the number of the employed has surged, so has the proportion of the employed in the total population (916.1 thousand persons and 51.7%, respectively).

However, when comparing to the previous quarter, the number of the employed has dropped, while the share in the total population is up slightly (in 4th quarter of 2010, 951 persons and 53.6%, respectively). The employed population includes 22.2 thousand people, which still having the status of unemployed were employed during the reference week (participated in complex support activities organised by the State Employment Agency, took part in active employment project ‘’Activities for certain groups of persons’’ and participated in the programme ‘’Work practice in local governments with 100 lats stipend’’).

Women in the total number of the employed were slightly more than men – 50.7% and 49.3%, correspondingly.

Respondents indicated several sources of income. For almost a half (48%) of the population in the corresponding age group the main source of income was wages and salaries.

Persons who in the reference week did not work, were not temporarily absent from work (vacation, illness, etc,) and who during the last four weeks were actively seeking a job ready to start working within the next two weeks are considered as unemployed.

The results of the survey also show in the 1st quarter of 2011 there were 188.3 thousand unemployed or 16.6% of the economically active population in Latvia (both employed and unemployed). The number of the unemployed and their share in active population has diminished, if comparing to both the 1st quarter of the previous year with 235.8 thousand unemployed persons (20.5%) and compared to the 4th quarter of 2010 (193.4 thousand persons and 16.9%).The share of unemployed men in the total number of active men in the country makes up more than that of women (in the share of active women, correspondingly), constituting 19.0% and 14.1%, respectively.

Registered unemployment rate in the country in the 1st quarter of 2011 hit 14.4%, according to the data calculated on the basis of the State Employment Agency information.

Slightly more than a half (108.2 thousand persons or 57.5%) of the unemployed were long-term unemployed.Compared to the corresponding period a year before, their number has grown by 16.4 thousand.In current economic situation the number of employed having previous work experience is still high.In the 1st quarter of 2011 there were 167.1 thousand unemployed having previous work experience or 88.8% of the total number of unemployed, but a year before this indicators comprised 210.5 thousand persons and 89.3%, respectively.

Apart from the employed and unemployed there is a part of the population who are not regarded as labour force – inactive. In the 1st quarter of 2011 there were 621.7 thousand inactive persons, and, if compared to the corresponding period of previous year, the number of them is up 0.1%.

Of the inactive population, pensioners in the 1st quarter of 2011 accounted for slightly more than two fifths (43.9%), pupils and students who in the reference week studied full time and did not work were every third (29%). Whereas, every eight (12%) considered themselves as housekeepers and every fourteenth (7.2%) had been ill for a long time or disabled.


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  1. Ruth.lt says:

    Seems that the indicator keeps reducing.

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