Labour Force Survey in the 4th quarter of 2016 and in 2016

21.02.2017

Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2016 in Latvia there were 893.3 thousand employed persons or 61.6 % of the population aged 1574.

Compared to 2015, in 2016 the employment rate grew by 0.8 percentage points, while the number of employed persons fell by 2.8 thousand. The employment rate among females rose faster than that among males – by 1.3 and 0.1 percentage points, respectively.

In the 4th quarter of 2016, there were 890.4 thousand employed persons – 4.6 thousand or 0.5 % less than in the 3rd quarter. Compared to the 3rd quarter, the employment rate reduced 0.1 percentage points and constituted 61.7 %.

Compared to the year before, in 2016 the most notable drop in the number of employed persons was recorded in construction, wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, professional, scientific and technical activities, as well as agriculture, forestry and fishing.

In 2016, out of the total number of employed persons 2.4 thousand were employed in the active employment activities organised by the State Employment Agency (e.g., paid temporary public works), in the meantime retaining the status of registered unemployed person.

Since the end of 2012, Latvian employment rate exceeds the European Union (EU) average rate (59.3 % in the 3rd quarter of 2016), however, in the 4th quarter of 2016 it was the lowest among the Baltic states – 65.0 % in Estonia and 62.5 % in Lithuania.

Employment rate in the Baltic states and average in the European Union, %

Data source: Eurostatdatabase, the data on the 4th quarter of 2016 – Labour Force Surveys of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

In 2016, employment rate among young people (aged 15–24) constituted 32.8 %; it was1.7 percentage points lower than in 2015. The number of employed young people accounted for 62.2 thousand (69.4 thousand in 2015). Compared to the 3rd quarter, in the 4th quarter of 2016 the number of employed young people declined slightly (by 2.7 thousand or 4.4 %) and comprised 58.2 thousand.

In 2016, persons employed in the main job worked on average 38.4 hours per week – 0.1 hours more than in 2015. In the 4th quarter, the persons employed in the main job worked on average 38.0 hours per week – 0.9 hours less than in the 3rd quarter of 2016.

The data of the Labour Force Survey show that, compared to 2015, in 2016 the share of persons receiving less than 450.00 euros monthly (after taxes) has reduced by 4.4 percentage points. The proportion of employees receiving minimum monthly wage or less has dropped by 1 percentage point, whereas the share of employees receiving more than 450.00 euros monthly has increased.

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

 

2015

2016

2016

1st quarter

2nd quarter

3rd quarter

4th quarter

Employees

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

Up to EUR 450.00

48.5

44.1

43.7

45.1

44.0

43.5

of which

employees receiving minimum monthly wages or less1

21.7

20.7

20.6

20.9

20.1

21.1

EUR 450.01–700.00

30.3

30.7

30.8

30.1

30.9

31.2

EUR 700.01–1400.00

14.3

17.6

17.4

17.3

17.7

18.1

EUR 1400.01 and more

2.3

2.7

2.9

2.5

2.5

2.8

Was not calculated or paid

2.6

3.1

2.9

3.5

3.5

2.5

Not specified

2.0

1.8

2.3

1.5

1.4

1.9

 

¹ In 2015, minimum wage constituted 360 euros, in 2016 – 370 euros. Data source: CSB Labour Force Survey.

In 2016, the Labour Force Survey covered 15.8 thousand households, in which 29.8 thousand persons aged 15–74 were interviewed. In the 4th quarter of 2016, the Labour Force Survey covered 4 thousand households, in which 7.6 thousand persons aged 15–74 were interviewed.

More information on employment statistics is available in the CSB database section Employment and Unemployment – Key Indicators. Results of the Labour Force Survey are published in the CSB database section Employment and Unemployment (Short term statistical data and Annual statistical data).

 

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More information on data:
Sandra Ceriņa
Employment Statistics Section
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