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Unemployment level in Latvia reaches 7% at beginning of 2019

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn Q1 2019 Latvian unemployment rate constituted 6.9 %. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate has not changed, while over the year it fell by 1.3 percentage points.

In Q1, in Latvia there were 66.9 thousand unemployed persons aged 15–74, which is 13.1 thousand people fewer than a year ago and 0.2 thousand people fewer than in the previous quarter.

Since the 3rd quarter of 2008, Latvian unemployment rate exceeds the European Union (EU) average (except for Q1 2015 when both indicators were equal). In Q4 2018, Latvian unemployment rate (constituting 6.9 %) exceeded the EU average (6.6 %) by 0.3 percentage points. In Q1 2019, Latvia still had the highest unemployment rate in the Baltic States – 6.9 %, compared to 4.7 % in Estonia and 6.5 % in Lithuania, according to results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia..

Long-term unemployed persons

Compared to Q1 2018, in Q1 2019 the share of long-term unemployed persons, i.e., those who have been without work for 12 months or longer, in the total number of unemployed persons grew – from 39.4 % to 43.7 %. The number of long-term unemployed persons, in turn, has reduced by 2.2 thousand, constituting 29.3 thousand.

Youth unemployment

In Q1 2019, youth unemployment rate accounted for 13.5 %, which is 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago and 1.5 percentage points higher than in the previous quarter. During the year, the number of young unemployed persons fell by 0.8 thousand.

In Q1, young people aged 15–24 accounted for 8.7 thousand or 13.1 % of all unemployed persons. Over the year, their share in the total number of unemployed persons grew by 1.3 percentage points, whereas compared to Q4 2018 by 2.3 percentage points.

In Q1, 37.4 % of all young people were active, i.e., employed or actively seeking a job (unemployed), while 62.6 % of young people were inactive (mainly studying and not seeking a job).

Inactive population

In Q1 2019, 30.8 % or 432.9 thousand people aged 15–74 were inactive, i.e., were neither employed nor actively seeking a job. Compared to Q4 2018, inactive population grew by 2.5 thousand people or 0.6 %, whereas over the year it fell by 2.7 thousand people or 0.6 %.

In Q1, 11.7 thousand people or 2.7 % of the inactive population were discouraged to find a job (compared to 3.1 % in Q1 2018 and 2.8 % in Q4 2018).

In Q1, Labour Force Survey questions about economic activity were asked to 7.1 thousand people aged 15–74 living in 4.0 thousand households.


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