In June actual unemployment rate constituted 9.8 % and registered – 8.6 %
Data of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in June 2020 actual unemployment rate comprised 9.8 %, which is 0.2 percentage points more than in May. Unemployment rate registered by the State Employment Agency (SEA) accounted for 8.6 %, and, compared to May, it has risen by 0.2 percentage points. Unemployment rate increase may be observed also when comparing the data to the June of the previous year – of 3.5 percentage points in actual unemployment rate and of 2.6 percentage points in registered unemployment rate.
In June 2020 there were 95.2 thousand unemployed in Latvia, which is 1.7 thousand more than in May and 34.4 thousand more than in the respective period of the previous year. During the last 4 months since the declaration of emergency situation, compared to the actual monthly unemployment data of February 2020, the number of unemployed has increased by 24.2 thousand.
Registered and actual unemployment rate is calculated based on the SEA data and results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the CSB. SEA data are only on population of working age.
Aiming to limit the spread of COVID-19, as of March 13 CSB is not conducting face-to-face interviews at respondent residences. All interviews are taken online or by phone.
CSB reminds that during the time of change information on population employment is important to assess impact of the current situation on the national economic and social processes and therefore is asking population to be active and participate in surveys by phone or online. CSB would like to say thank you to everyone who took part in surveys and helped to assess the effect of the current situation on national processes.
Information on unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons aged 15–74 by sex and month is available in the database table – NB002m
Registered unemployment rate by month is available on the – SEA website
Methodology used for the CSB monthly estimates is published in the website section Employment and unemployment
Socio-economic indicators of the emergency situation are available on the CSB website