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In 2017, number of job vacancies rose by 2.6 thousand or 17.9 %
In 2017 there were 17.0 thou. job vacancies in Latvia, which is 2.6 thou. vacancies or 17.9 % more than in 2016.
In the 4th quarter of 2017, hourly labour costs grew by 7.3 %
Compared to the 4th quarter of 2016, in the 4th quarter of 2017 hourly labour costs rose by 54 cents or 7.3 %, reaching EUR 8.02.
43.6 % of Latvian households make ends meet with difficulty
In 2017 the share of households admitting that pay for usual necessary expenses with difficulty or great difficulty constituted 43.6 %, which is 1.5 percentage points more than in 2016.
In January foreign trade turnover in goods was 12.4 % larger than last year
In January 2018 the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.05 bln, which at current prices was 12.4 % more than in January 2017, of which the exports value of goods was 18.1 % and imports value of goods was 7.9 % higher.
During the year, the average level of consumer prices increased by 1.8 %
During the year (in February 2018, compared to February 2017) the average level of consumer prices rose by 1.8 %. Prices of goods grew by 1.1 % and prices of services by 3.6 %.
In January, industrial output grew by 4.2 %
Compared to January 2017, in January 2018 industrial production output increased by 4.2 % (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices).
In 2017, average housing costs amounted to EUR 138 monthly
In 2017 housing costs constituted EUR 138 monthly. Over the last two years, housing costs almost have not changed.
In 2017 the amount of passengers rose, volume of freights carried reduced
In 2017 the amount of passengers arrived at and departed from the Riga International Airport for the first time has exceeded 6 million.
In 2017, average earnings constituted 926 euros
In 2017 the average gross wages and salaries for full-time work in Latvia comprised 926 euros. Compared to 2016, the average wages and salaries rose by 67 euros or 7.9 %, moreover in all economic activities.
In January, retail trade turnover grew by 7.1 %
Calendar adjusted data (at constant prices) compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to January 2017, in January 2018 total retail trade turnover rose by 7.1 %.