Jobless rate dips in April

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Latvia’s registered level of unemployment kept up its gradual downward trend, nudging to 8.8% in April, according to data released by the state Employment Agency Wednesday.

The total number of unemployed fell from 86,604 at the beginning of the month to 82,833 at the close of April.

The Riga area showed just a 5.4% unemployment rate, whereas Latgale province had the highest percentage of registered jobless residents – a staggering 19.3%.  

The rates in the other provinces of western Kurzeme, northern Vidzeme and south-central Zemgale were 10.5%, 9.7% and 9%, respectively.

The state Employment Agency currently has slightly fewer than 6000 various vacant positions available to registered job seekers, among the more popular being for truck drivers, cooks, salespersons, fish processors, cashiers, tailors, and various skilled manufacturing jobs. But the demand for IT specialists makes it the top requested field in the job market, says the agency.

The breakdown by Latvia's largest cities is as follows: Rīga – 5.1%, Jūrmala – 6.2%, Valmiera – 6.6%, Jelgava – 7.3%, Ventspila – 7.6%, Daugavpils – 11.3%, Jēkabpils – 11.2%, Liepāja – 12.0%, Rēzekne – 17.1%.

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