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If half of unemployed people worked, the state would earn 25 million

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While society talks about those who left the country, the unborn children and the enormous shadow economy, attention is being drawn away from long term unemployed people. Their number is nearing 60 thousand, which exceeds the number of Rezekne residents. The plans of politicians, however, to reactivate these people on the job market are distant and vague.

According to the State Employment Agency (SEA) data, the number of unemployed people dropped a bit in the first few months of this year, but the number of people who remain without work for more than three years increased. If, at least, a half of them (30 thousand) would be employed for minimal wages, the state social budget would receive an additional LVL 25 million. In addition, there would be savings left from social benefits, which maintain this unemployed class, estimated by Diena newspaper.

Many long term unemployed use the phrase «there are no jobs» as an argument for their inactivity, while, at the same time, employers are rigorously searching for workers, but still sceptically looking at long term unemployed people, saying they do not know how to work. Also ancillary work salary, offered by employers, is not that much different from the guaranteed minimal subsistence allowance, especially when there are children in the family. Also, municipalities lack social workers, who «work» with long term unemployed and motivate them to earn money on their own.

Even though there are talks on the backstage of the Ministry of Wellbeing about a much more restrictive benefit policy, which would “force” people to look for work, so far no such plan has seen daylight. The only current measure of the ministry is to offer these people LVL 100 per month for participating in paid public jobs in municipalities, which are expected to receive around LVL 10 million from the European Union funds this year.

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  1. Serguei says:

    Better stay home on welfare than working for salaries paid by managers under the table.

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