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Compared to December of the previous year, level of construction costs in Latvia in January 2015 increased by 0.3%. Labour remuneration of workers grew by 0.7%, prices of building materials – by 0.5%, but maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment reduced by 0.3%.


In 2014 growth in average wages and salaries witnessed the most rapid growth since the recovery of the Latvian economy. Average monthly gross wages and salaries last year accounted for EUR 765, and compared to 2013 it is a growth of 6.8% or EUR 49.


Central Statistical Bureau has published grid maps which depict share of resident population of Latvia with highest education, as well as education index, according to the data of Population Census 2011.


In March 2015 the Central Statistical Bureau will launch the eleventh  annual survey on income and living conditions. 13 thsd people will be surveyed in 2015.


In 2014 the number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments comprised 2.1 mln people who spent there 4.2 mln nights. Compared to 2013, the number of persons served rose by 14.1%, but the number of overnight stays - by 10.1%.


New data have been published in sections: Geographical data; Consumer prices; Producer prices; Population; Employment and unemployment;Housing; Science.


Compared to December 2014, level of producer prices in Latvian industry in January 2015 rose by 0.1%. The prices of products sold on the domestic market grew by 0.5%, but prices of exported products reduced by 0.3%; of which in exports to euro area countries fell by 0.4% and in exports to non-euro area countries decreased by 0.1%.


In 2014 there were 884.6 thsd employed persons in Latvia or 59.1% of the population aged 15 - 74. Compared to 2013 employment rate increased by 0.9 percentage points, while the number of employed persons decreased by 9.2 thsd, which can be explained with decrease in the total number of population in Latvia.


In 2014 unemployment rate was 10.8%, which is 1.1 percentage point less than in 2013. 107.6 thsd persons aged 15 to 74 years were unemployed, which is 12.8 thsd or 10.6% less than in 2013. 


In 2014 harvested production of grain accounted for 2.2 mln tons, which is 278.5 thsd tons or 14.3% more than in 2013, thus breaking the record of 2012 and reaching the highest level of harvested production of grain in the history of Latvia.

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