Latvia - Wages improved over the whole of 2015 - February 29, 2016

Latest data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2015 average monthly gross wages and salaries in the country reached 818 euro. Average gross wages and salaries rose by 6.8% or by 52 euro, retaining the increase rate recorded in 2014.The registered unemployment level increased by 0.4% in January 2016 to 9.1% of the economically active population compared to December 2015, according to the State Employment Agency (NVA). Registered unemployment was at 8.7% in December 2015, at 8.4% in November 2015, at 8.3% in October and September 2015, at 8.5% in August 2015 and at 8.6% for the preceding three months. At the beginning of January 2016, 81,780 people were registered with the State Employment Agency as unemployed compared to 85,452 registered jobless at the end of January. Among the regions, Riga had the lowest unemployment level in late January 2016 at 5.6%, while the eastern Latgale province had the highest rate at 19.1%.

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