In 2015 average monthly gross wages and salaries in the country reached EUR 818. Average gross wages and salaries rose by 6.8 % or by EUR 52, retaining the increase rate recorded in 2014.
With an aim to improve quality of the seasonally adjusted data in official statistics within 2016 CSB will gradually move to oftware JDemetra+. With the help of JDemetra+ CSB will be able to provide data users with seasonally adjusted data of a higher quality.
From March till the end of June 2016, CSB will conduct survey on income and living conditions. The survey aims at obtaining comprehensive information on population income, material deprivation, housing conditions, education and health.
On February 25, in University of Latvia 74th conference section meeting "Depopulation Risks and Challenges" the CSB demography experts presented research on changes occurred during the last 15 years in demographic and social indicators (marital status, common children, migration, education) of couples married in 2001, as well as on influence of various factors on divorces.
In 2015, 2.1 mln foreign visitors stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments, which is 2.0 % more than in 2014. As compared with 2014, the number of foreign visitors grew by 3.1 %, reaching 1.5 mln; in turn, the number of nights spent by foreign visitors remained at the level of the previous year (decrease of 0.1 %). The average length of a stay of foreign visitors in accommodation establishments was 2 nights.
In 2015, in Latvia there were 896.1 thousand employed persons or 60.8 % of the population aged 15–74. Employment rate increased by 1.7 percentage points, and number of employed persons – by 11.4 thousand.
In 2015, unemployment rate in Latvia accounted for 9.9 % – 0.9 percentage points less than in 2014. Unemployment rate among women still is lower than among men (8.6 % and 11.1 %, respectively).
Eating habits of males and females still differ notably. In 2014, 46 % of females and 32 % of males were eating fruit at least once a day, whereas vegetables (except potatoes) daily were consumed by 47 % of females and 37 % of males. Data of 2008 show that eating habits differ among males and females in all EU countries, which have conducted European Health Interview Survey (EHIS).
New data have been published in sections: Consumer prices; Producer prices; Population: Number and Change; Social security; Housing; Construction.
Compared to December 2015, in January 2016 level of producer prices in Latvian industry diminished by 0.2 %. Level of prices of products sold on domestic market grew by 0.1 %, while level of prices of exported products declined by 0.4 %. Level of prices of goods exported to euro area countries fell by 0.1 % and level of prices of products exported to non-euro area countries – by 0.6 %.
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