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In the 2nd quarter of 2019, employed population of Latvia constituted 64.7 %

Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that 905.6 thousand people or 64.7 % of Latvia’s population aged 15–74 were employed in the 2nd quarter of 2019. Over the year, employment rate grew by 0.3 percentage points, and number of employed persons fell by 4.0 thousand. Compared to the previous quarter, employment rate grew by 0.3 percentage points and number of employed persons by 2.0 thousand people.

Regardless the fact that since the 4th quarter of 2012 Latvian employment rate exceeds the European Union (EU) average (in the 1st quarter of 2019 it constituted 60.4 %), in the 2st quarter of 2019 it was the lowest rate among the Baltic states – in Estonia it constituted 68.1 % and in Lithuania 65.8 %.

 

In the 2nd quarter of 2019, employment rate among young people (aged 15–24) comprised 28.2 %, which is 5.6 percentage points lower than in the corresponding period of the previous year. Out of all young people, 48.4 thousand persons were employed.

In the 2nd quarter of the year, persons employed in the main job worked on average 37.5 hours per week, which is 0.9 hours fewer than a year ago.

Over the year, the share of employees receiving less than EUR 450 monthly (after taxes) comprised 27.7 % (a drop of 2.9 percentage points) and the proportion of employees receiving minimum monthly wage1 or less constituted 125.7 thousand or 15.6 % (a reduction of 1.8 percentage points). The highest share of people receiving lowest wages was still recorded in Latgale where 23.9 % of the employees received minimum monthly wage or less. The share of employees receiving EUR 450–700.00 monthly declined by 3.4 percentage points (31.5 %) and that of employees receiving EUR 700–1400 monthly grew by 4.9 percentage points (30.2 %). The proportion of employees receiving more than EUR 1400 monthly increased by 1.7 percentage points. In its turn, wage or salary of 2.9 % of employees was not calculated or paid, while 2.4 % did not indicate the size of earnings thereof.

Employees by monthly net wages and salaries in the main job

(as per cent)

 

Q2 2018

Q1 2019

Q2 2019

Employees

100.0

100.0

100.0

up to EUR 450.00

30.6

29.0

27.7

employees receiving minimum monthly wage or less

17.4

15.3

15.6

EUR 450.01–700.00

34.9

34.8

31.5

EUR 700.01–1400.00

25.3

26.4

30.2

EUR 1400.01 and more

3.6

4.4

5.3

was not calculated or paid

3.0

2.8

2.9

not specified

2.6

2.6

2.4

 

In the 2nd quarter of 2019, Labour Force Survey covered 4.0 thousand households, in which 6.9 thousand people aged 15–74 were interviewed.

Results of the Labour Force Survey are published in the CSB database section Employment and Economic activity.

¹ In 2018 and 2019 minimum wage constituted EUR 430.

 

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More information on data:
Sandra Ceriņa
Social Statistics Data Compilation and Analysis Section
E-mail:
Sandra.Cerina@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366653

 

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