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Compared to the end of 2014, at the end of 2015 in Latvia there were 877.4 thousand occupied posts, and the number thereof has increased by 9.4 thousand or 1.1 %. During the year, number of occupied posts in private sector rose by 7.4 thousand or 1.3 %, reaching 585.0 thousand. Whereas in public sector number of occupied posts last year accounted for 292.4 thousand – increase of 2.0 thousand or 0.7 % over corresponding period of 2014.


Latvian population indicated that one household member needs at least EUR 483 monthly. Last year to pay for usual necessary expenses of one household member households needed EUR 31 or 6.7 % more financial means than in 2014.


In 2014 medicines or herbal medicines, or vitamins not prescribed by a doctor were used by 54 % of Latvia population aged over 14. Since 2008, consumption of non-prescribed medicines has increased by 13 percentage points. Prescribed medicines (except contraceptive pills or hormones) were used by 41.4 % of Latvia population.


Compared to the 4th quarter a year before, in the 4th quarter of 2015 hourly labour costs grew by 43 cents or by 6.4 % and reached EUR 6.96. According to seasonally adjusted data, labour costs rose by 7.6 %.


New data have been published in sections: Consumer prices; Education; Industry; Foreign trade by country, country group and territory; Foreign trade in goods by country at 2-, 4- and 8-digit level.


Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that, compared to December 2015, in January 2016 foreign trade turnover at current prices dropped by 14.4 %, of which exports value of goods fell by 13.0 % and imports value of goods – by 15.6 %. In January, Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 711.0 million, but imported – in the amount of EUR 820.8 million. As exports in the total foreign trade went up to 46.4 % (in December 2015 – 45.7 %), foreign trade balance increased.


Compared to February 2015, in February 2016 average level of consumer prices reduced by 0.5 %. Prices of goods decreased by 1.2 %, while prices of services increased by 1.4 %. Compared to the previous 12 months, during the last 12 months average level of consumer prices grew by 0.1 %.


In 2015 Latvia imported fresh cut flowers in the amount of EUR 9.8 million. Compared to 2014, last year flower imports increased by 40 %. In turn, exports value of flowers reached EUR 6.8 million, which is an increase of 69.5 %, compared to 2014.


Compared to January 2015, in January 2016 volume of industrial production increased by 4.6 % (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices); the rise was due to the growth in electricity and gas supply of 31.8 %. Industrial production in mining and quarrying went up by 2.7 %, while in manufacturing there was a drop of 2.9 %, of which in sectors having the largest share – manufacture of food products (of 5.9 %), manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment (of 1.5 %), and repair and installation of machinery and equipment (of 36.5 %).


New data have been published in sections: Producer prices; Gross domestic product; Business Tendency; Enterprises finance; Investment; Employment and unemployment; Minimum income level; Education; Crime and justice; Health care and sport; Housing conditions; Trade and services; Industry; Transport; Foreign trade; Crop production; Livestock.

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