59.3% of the total number of population were employed in the 2nd quarter of 2014

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In the 2nd quarter of 2014 there were 889.1 thousand employed persons in Latvia or 59.3% of the total number of population aged 15-74. Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that a year ago 57.9% of the total number of population were employed, and in the 1st quarter of 2014 - 58.6%.

The employment rate rise was mainly affected by the increase in the number of the employed in construction, transport and storage sector, health and social care, as well as in accommodation and food services sector.

4.4% of the employed did not work due to vacation, illness, childcare leave or studies. The number employed persons includes 4.6 thousand people, who still having the status of the unemployed were employed.

The share of women in the total number of the employed was slightly higher than of men - 51.1% and 48.9%, respectively.

In the 2nd quarter of 2014 there were 66.5 thsd. employed young people (aged 15 - 24) in Latvia, which is 30.9% of the total number of people of this age group. A year ago this indicator was 29.6%, and in the 1st quarter of 2014 - 31.8%.

Employment rate in the Baltic States and European Union, per cent

Data source: Eurostat database, data of the 2nd quarter of 2014 - Labour Force Survey of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

The data on wages and salaries obtained from the survey show that over the year the share of employees with net salary under EUR 285 has declined by 10.4 percentage points.

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

 

2nd quarter of 2013

1st quarter of 2014

2nd quarter of 2014

Employees

100.0

100.0

100.0

Up to EUR 285.00

28.9

22.2

18.6

EUR 285.01 - 450.00

29.6

32.8

34.9

EUR 450.01 - 700.00

23.6

24.9

27.3

EUR 700.01 - 1400.00

10.7

12.6

12.7

EUR 1400.01 and more

1.9

1.9

2.3

Was not calculated or paid

2.4

1.9

2.2

Not specified

2.9

3.7

2.0

Within the framework of the Labour Force Survey in the 2nd quarter of 2014, 4.7 thousand households were surveyed, interviewing 7.8 thousand persons aged 15 to 74.

 

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

For the methodology of the Labour Force Survey visit the section methodology.

 

More information:
Zaiga Priede
Employment Statistics Section
Tel. +371 67366886