Unemployment falls slightly despite fish embargo

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June saw the unemployment rate fall slightly by 0.1%, though unemployment increased in the Kurzeme region by 0.5%, according to data of the State Employment Agency.

Currently there are about 80 unemployed persons registered at the State Employment Agency.

The unemployment rates in the rest of the country has remained mostly stable, at 5.3% in Riga, 9.4% in Vidzeme, while it fell 0.2% in Latgale to reach 18.7% and 0.3% in Zemgale, reaching 8.2%.

The unemployment rate in Kurzeme now stands at 10.8%, having increased by 0.5%.

According to the State Employment Agency, there are 1498 unemployed persons who have worked at fish canneries before losing their jobs, while 855 of them have gone out of work this month. Most of them come from Kurzeme, where many fish canneries are located.

A number of fish canneries have cut jobs due to the embargo on fish products, imposed on June 4 by Russian phytosanitary and veterinary health inspection Rosselkhoznadzor. The regulator reportedly found there to be excessive levels of benzopyrene in Latvian and Estonian fish products.

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