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In 2019, average number of job vacancies rose by 6.4 thousand or 28.1 %

Data of Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2019 there were 29.1 thousand job vacancies in Latvia, which is 6.4 thousand vacancies or 28.1 % more than in 2018. In public sector there were 8.3 thousand and in private sector 20.9 thousand job vacancies. Over the year, the number of job vacancies in private sector grew by 5 thousand or 31.2 %, while in public sector – by 1.4 thousand or 21.1 %.

Out of the total number of jobs in Latvia (both occupied and vacant), 3.1 % were vacant – 2.8 % of which in public sector and 3.2 % in private sector.

Compared to 2018, in 2019 the average number of occupied posts increased by 9.0 thousand or 1.0 % (increase of 9.7 thousand or 1.6 % in private sector and decrease of 0.7 thousand or 0.2 % in public sector).

Occupied posts and job vacancies by sector

 

Average in 2018, thousand

Average in 2019, thousand

Changes, %

Job vacancies, total

22.7

29.1

28.1

private sector

15.9

20.9

31.2

public sector

6.8

8.3

21.1

Occupied posts, total

905.2

914.3

1.0

private sector

615.2

624.9

1.6

public sector

290.0

289.3

-0.2

The largest share of job vacancies was recorded among craft and related trades workers (5.2 % of all jobs in this occupational group) as well as skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (4.5 %). Over the year, the sharpest rise was recorded in the demand for skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers, clerical support workers, elementary occupations, technicians and associate professionals and professionals, but the slowest – in demand for service and sales workers.
 

Job vacancies by major occupational grouping

Graph - Job vacancies by major occupational grouping

Occupational grouping classification source: Website of the Ministry of Welfare

 

In 2019, the largest share of job vacancies in the total number of jobs within the sector was recorded in public administration and defence (6.3 %), mining and quarrying (5.3 %), construction (4.8 %), accommodation and food service activities (4.0 %), as well as manufacturing (3.6 %).

 

Job vacancies and occupied posts by main kind of economic activity

 

Average in 2018

Average in 2019

Job vacancies, thousand

Occupied posts, thousand

Job vacancy rate, %

Job vacancies, thousand

Occupied posts, thousand

Job vacancy rate, %

Total

22.7

905.2

2.4

29.1

914.3

3.1

Agriculture, forestry and fishing (A)

0.3

21.8

1.5

0.7

22.2

3.2

Mining and quarrying (B)

0.1

3.0

2.1

0.2

3.1

5.3

Manufacturing (C)

3.4

113.0

2.9

4.3

113.0

3.6

Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (D)

0.2

12.3

1.8

0.3

11.9

2.4

Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities (E)

0.2

7.8

2.5

0.2

8.0

2.7

Construction (F)

2.2

62.4

3.5

3.2

63.9

4.8

Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (G)

4.2

143.9

2.8

4.9

145.7

3.3

Transportation and storage (H)

2.1

76.1

2.7

2.7

76.4

3.4

Accommodation and food service activities (I)

1.1

34.7

3.2

1.5

36.0

4.0

Information and communication (J)

0.7

34.4

1.9

0.7

35.1

2.0

Financial and insurance activities (K)

0.4

17.3

2.1

0.3

17.3

1.9

Real estate activities (L)

0.3

27.8

1.1

0.3

28.2

1.0

Professional, scientific and technical activities (M)

0.4

42.0

0.9

0.7

41.4

1.6

Administrative and support service activities (N)

0.8

39.0

2.1

1.0

40.8

2.4

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security (O)

3.3

64.2

4.9

4.2

63.1

6.3

Education (P)

0.8

98.2

0.8

1.1

98.5

1.1

Human health and social work activities (Q)

1.8

67.9

2.6

2.2

70.1

3.1

Arts, entertainment and recreation (R)

0.2

25.4

0.9

0.3

25.5

1.1

Other service activities (S)

0.1

14.1

0.8

0.2

14.1

1.4

 

In 2019, the highest share of job vacancies was observed in Riga region – 3.6 % of all jobs within the region or 18.4 thousand, whereas the lowest in Zemgale region – 2.1 % or 1.4 thousand and in Kurzeme region – 2.1 % or 1.7 thousand.

At the end of the 4th quarter of 2019, in Latvia there were 28.1 thousand job vacancies.

Compared to the 4th quarter of 2018, the number of job vacancies went up by 6.7 thousand or 31.5 %, whereas compared to the previous quarter it dropped by 1.1 thousand or 3.8 %.

Out of three Baltic States, the highest share of job vacancies was in Latvia – 3.0 %. The indicator in Estonia and Lithuania constituted 1.7 % and 1.3 %, respectively. On average, share of job vacancies in the European Union comprised 2.2 %.

Methodological explanations

More detailed methodological explanations on the number of job vacancies and occupied posts can be found in the CSB website section Occupied posts and job vacancies - Metadata.

 

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More information on data:
Andžejs Čerņavskis
Wage Statistics Section
E-mail: Andzejs.Cernavskis@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366666

 

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