In the 2nd quarter employment rate reached 61.8 %

17.08.2016

Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in the 2nd quarter of 2016 in Latvia there were 898.5 thousand employed persons or 61.8 % of the population aged 15–74.

During the year, the employment rate grew by 0.9 percentage points, and the number of employed persons increased by 0.3 thousand. Compared to the 1st quarter, in the 2nd quarter of 2016 the employment rate went up by 0.8 percentage points and the number of employed persons – by 9.3 thousand.Compared to the previous quarter, the most notable increase in the number of employed persons was recorded in accommodation and food service activities, agriculture, forestry and fishing, as well as construction.

Since the end of 2012 employment rate in Latvia has exceeded the EU average (58.2 % in the 1st quarter of 2016), however in the 2nd quarter of 2016 the indicator was the lowest among the Baltic states – 66.9 % in Estonia and 62.5 % in Lithuania.

Employment rate in the Baltic states and on average in the European Union, per cent

Data source: Eurostat database, data on the 2nd quarter of 2016 – Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Labour Force Surveys.

In the 2nd quarter of 2016, employment rate among young people (aged 15–24) comprised 33.0 % – 1.6 percentage points less than in the corresponding period a year ago, and the number of employed young people accounted for 63 thousand (in the 2nd quarter of 2015  those were 70.3 thousand).

In the 2nd quarter of 2016, persons employed in the main job worked on average 38.5 hours per week – 0.2 hours more than in the 2nd quarter of 2015.

Data of the Labour Force Survey show that in the 2nd quarter of 2016 the size of monthly wages and salaries after taxes received by 45.1 % of the employees comprised less than 450.00 euros (3.8 percentage points less than in the 2nd quarter of 2015). Out of that number, 20.9 % received minimum wage or less, the share of such persons has dropped by 2 percentage points during the year. The share of employees receiving wages and salaries amounting to 450.01–700 euros constituted 30.1% (1.2 percentage points less than a year ago); the proportion of persons receiving 700.01–1400.00 euros accounted for 17.3 % (3.7 percentage points less than in the respective period of the previous year); the share receiving net wages and salaries exceeding 1400 euros comprised 2.5 % (0.7 percentage points more than in the 2nd quarter of 2015); for 3.5 % of employees wage was not calculated or paid; while 1.5 % of the employees refused to specify the size of the wage or salary thereof.

Employees by monthly net wages and salaries (after taxes) in the main job, per cent

 

2nd quarter of 2015

1st quarter of 2016

2nd quarter of 2016

Employees

100.0

100.0

100.0

Up to EUR 450.00

48.9

43.7

45.1

of which

employees receiving minimum monthly wage or less

22.9

20.6

20.9

EUR 450.01–700.00

31.3

30.8

30.1

EUR 700.01–1400.00

13.6

17.4

17.3

EUR 1400.01 and more

1.8

2.9

2.5

Was not calculated or paid

2.2

2.9

3.5

Not specified

2.2

2.3

1.5

 

Data source: Labour Force Survey conducted by the CSB.

In the 2nd quarter of 2016, Labour Force Survey covered 3.8 thousand households, in which 7.2 thousand persons aged 15–74 were interviewed. More information on employment statistics is available in the CSB database section Employment and Unemployment.

 

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