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Latvia's unemployment level goes down a bit

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Аuthor: Lauris Nagliņš/LETALatvia’s registered unemployment level was 10.8% of the total economically active population this March. Compared to that of February, this index is 0.1% lower.

There were 107 687 unemployed people registered with the State Employment Agency (SEA) at the beginning of March. This number reduced to 107 063 by the end of March, SEA reports.

The status of an unemployed person was given to 8 325 people this March. 4 349 unemployed persons found jobs and informed SEA about this. 3 717 people lost their status of unemployed persons, because they did not fulfil their duties as registered unemployed persons.

This March, employers opened 2 691 vacancies (23.6% more than February), 2 158 jobs were filled (9.6% more than February). In total, there were 4 411 employers’ vacancies registered at SEA branches at the end of March. Meanwhile, there were 9 681 new jobs posted on the CV/vacancies portal since the beginning of the year.

“March has been largely notable with demand for seasonal workforce. SEA’s new practice of introducing job-seeking diaries motivates the unemployed to seek jobs more actively. Under this practice, it is necessary to regularly report the progress of finding a job. In order to improve employment, we have begun the realization of the Work in Latvia event – financially supporting newly employed workers whose workplaces are located far from their homes. Vacancy fairs in Latvia’s regions progress successfully. They gather job seekers and employers, allow them to understand their needs and opportunities, allow the two sides to come to an agreement for seasonal jobs and long-term employment,” – SEA director Inese Kalvane comments.

The lowest unemployment level of March 2013 was registered in Riga region – 7%, while the highest was registered in Latgale – 21.4%. Kurzeme’s unemployment level was 12%, Zemgale’s – 11.8%, Vidzeme’s – 13.1%.

Unemployment levels in Latvia’s largest cities were as follows: Riga – 6.6%, Jelgava – 7.9%, Valmiera – 8.2%, Ventspils – 9%, Liepaja – 10.4%, Jurmala – 9.8%, Daugavpils – 11.1%, Jekabpils – 15.6%, Rezekne – 20.3%.

29 465 thousand unemployed people participated in SEA’s organized employment events. 4 668 individuals received career consultations; 3 874 of them are SEA registered unemployed persons and job seekers.

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