Latvia - Labour market data show mixed picture - April 30, 2017

Unemployment rate reduced to 8.3% in March 2017, according to the State Employment Agency's data. At the beginning of March, 79,152 unemployed persons had registered with the Employment Agency, while at the end of the month there were 76,431 unemployed persons. At the end of March 2016, the unemployment rate for Latvia was 9.1%). On the other hand the country still had the highest youth unemployment among the three Baltic states in 2016, according to Eurostat information. The Eurostat figures show that 17.3% of young people aged 15-24 years were jobless in Latvia in 2016, growing by 1 percentage point from 2015. In the meantime, shortage of labour in several industries is signalled. The four industries most affected are construction, information and communications technology, wood processing, and mechanical engineering.

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