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Average monthly gross wages and salaries in the country in first quarter of 2009 comprised LVL 469.Compared to the fourth quarter of 2008 wages and salaries have reduced by 6.2%.
In comparison with 1st quarter of 2008, number of visitors in hotels and other collective accommodation establishments in the 1st quarter of 2009 decreased by 27% and comprised 191.6 thsd people.
New data in sections Geographical data, Employment and unemployment, Indicators of banks, Agriculture, Construction, Employment and unemployment, Tourism, Information technologies, Energy have been published.
Compared to March 2009, producer prices in Latvian industry in April 2009 decreased by 0.9%. Over the year (compared to April 2008) producer prices have decreased by 2.6%.
Of all the Latvian travellers who visited foreign countries in 2008, 28% mentioned recreation as the main purpose of the trip, 27% had visited their relatives and friends, for 14% the main purpose was business and for 14% it was shopping.
Compared to 1st quarter of 2008 construction in Latvia in 1st quarter of 2009 has decreased by 29.8%. Of which volume of buildings constructed reduced by 42.7%, but volume of civil engineering structures grew by 7.5%.
In the 1st quarter of 2009 there were 168.8 thsd unemployed or 13.9% of the economically active population.
New data in sections Foreign trade, Industry, Prices, Housing, Personal income and Social security have been published.
In January - March 2009 total volume of goods in foreign trade of Latvia at current prices reached 1987.1 mln lats – a decrease of 963.9 mln lats or 32.7%, if compared to January – March 2008. Of which exports volume reduced by 279.3 mln lats or 26.0%, but imports value – by 684.6 mln lats or 36.5%
At the beginning of 2009 in Latvia there were 2million 261 thousand persons, a drop of 9.6 thousand persons compared to the previous year. In 2008 the number of population decreased more slowly than a year before and comprised 0.42% (0.46% in 2007).
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