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In the 1st quarter of 2016 in Latvia there were 889.2 thousand employed persons or 61.0 % of the total population aged 15–74.


In the 1st quarter of 2016 unemployment rate in Latvia accounted for 10.3 %. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate grew by 0.5 percentage points, while during the year the indicator rose by 0.1 percentage points. 


New data have been published in sections: Consumer prices; Health care and sport; Construction; Housing; Transport; Foreign trade in goods.


In 2015 52.8 % of population aged 16 or over contacted with family (relatives) thereof (by phone, e-mail, regular mail, social media, etc.) at least once a week (daily or every week (not every day)) – 7.5 percentage points more than in 2006 (45.3 %). Last year, 29.2 % of population got together (met face-to-face) with family at least once a week – 7.8 percentage points less than in 2006.


As compared to the corresponding period of 2015, in the 1st quarter of 2016 construction production (volume) reduced by 19 %, according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices. Construction production at current prices accounted for 203.4 million euros.


In March 2016 as compared to February Latvia's foreign trade turnover at current prices increased by 9.6 %, of which exports value of goods rose by 7.1 % and imports value of goods – by 11.7 %. In March, Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 833.8 mln, and imported - in the amount of EUR 1 025.8 mln. As exports in total foreign trade value declined to 44.8 % (in February 2016 – 45.9 %), foreign trade balance slightly worsened.


During the year (in April 2016, compared to April 2015) average level of consumer prices reduced by 0.8 %. Prices of goods decreased by 1.4 %, while prices of services increased by 0.9 %.


New data have been published in section: Industry.


Increase in cultural participation in 2015. During the last ten years, the sharpest rise may be observed in the share of people attending live performances and sport events.


In 2015 artistic activities were practised by 35.3 % of population. Artistic activities were practised by 39.2 % of rural population and only by 33.4 % of urban population. 

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