59.1% of the population in Latvia were employed in 2014

19.02.2015

In 2014 there were 884.6 thsd employed persons in Latvia or 59.1% of the population aged 15 - 74, according to the results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) of Latvia. 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.

Compared to 2013 employment rate of both - men and women increased in 2014 - by 1.3 and 0.7 percentage points, respectively. The share of women in the total number of employed persons was slightly higher than of men - 50.4% and 49.6%, respectively.

In 2014 the number of persons employed increased in transport and storage sector, as well as in construction, while agriculture, forestry and fishing, education and manufacturing sector witnessed the largest drop in the number of employed persons.

In the 4th quarter of 2014 there were 882.1 thsd employed persons in Latvia, and compared to the 3rd quarter of 2014 this number has slightly decreased - by 3.6 thsd or 0.4%. In turn, employment rate has not changed, and already for three consecutive quarters it is 59.3%.

In the 4th quarter of 2013 employment rate in Latvia was only slightly higher than in Lithuania (59.1%), but lower than in Estonia (63.6%). Besides, already since 2013 employment in Latvia has been above the average employment rate of EU-28.

Employment rate in the Baltic States and the European Union, %

Data source: Eurostat database (for data on the 4th quarter of 2014 - Labour Force Survey in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia)

In 2014, 32.5% of young people aged 15 - 24 were employed, and it is  2.3 percentage points more than in 2013. In the 4th quarter of 2014 there were 71.0 thsd employed persons aged 15 - 24 in Latvia, and compared to the previous quarter this number has slightly grown - by 1.5 thsd or 2.2%.

Information obtained from the survey shows that in 2014 as compared to 2013, the share of employees receiving wages and salaries of up to EUR 285 after taxes decreased by 9.8 percentage points.  The most significant growth (of 5.2 percentage points) was recorded in the share of persons the labour remuneration of which was from EUR 285.01 to EUR 450.00 after taxes.

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

 

2013

2014

2014

1st quarter

2nd quarter

3rd quarter

4th quarter

Employees

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

Up to EUR 285.00

28.9

19.1

22.2

18.6

17.8

17.9

EUR 285.01 – 450.00

29.0

34.2

32.8

34.9

34.7

34.4

EUR 450.01 – 700.00

24.2

27.1

24.9

27.3

28.0

28.4

EUR 700.01 – 1400.00

10.9

13.3

12.6

12.7

14.1

13.7

EUR 1400.01 and more

1.7

1.8

1.9

2.3

1.5

1.6

Was not calculated or paid

2.4

2.0

1.9

2.2

1.9

1.9

Not specified

2.9

2.5

3.7

2.0

2.0

2.1

Within the framework of the Labour Force Survey 18.8 thsd households were surveyed in 2014, interviewing 31.4 thsd persons aged 15 -74. In the 4th quarter of 2014 the survey was carried out in 4.8 thsd households, interviewing 7.9 thsd persons aged 15 -74.

More information on the Labour Force Survey results and methodology is available in the section Employment and Unemployment.

 

More information:
Employment Statistics Section
Inga Vanaga
Tel. +371 67366627