In private sector there were 13.7 thousand and in public sector 10.3 thousand vacant jobs. Over the year job vacancy number in private sector fell by 4.4 thousand or 24.2 % and in public sector grew by 0.1 thousand or 1.4 %.
Out of all jobs available in Latvia (both occupied and vacant), 2.6 % positions were vacant, of which 3.4 % in public and 2.2 % in private sector.
Compared to Q1 2022, in Q1 2023 the average number of occupied posts in the country went up by 4.5 thousand or 0.5 %. In private sector it dropped by 1.8 thousand or 0.3 % and in public grew by 6.2 thousand or 2.2 %.
In terms of major occupational groups, the largest share of job vacancies was recorded among skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (4.2 %), technicians and associate professionals (4.1 %), craft and related trades workers (3.9 %), as well as elementary occupations (3.1 %).
Regional breakdown of the Q1 2023 data shows the largest share of vacant jobs in Riga (3.3 % or 17.0 thousand) and the smallest in Vidzeme and Latgale (1.3 % or 0.8 thousand and 1.3 % or 0.9 thousand, respectively). In Pierīga region 2.1 % of jobs or 3.1 thousand positions were vacant, in Zemgale 1.6 % or 1.1 thousand, and in Kurzeme 1.5 % or 1.2 thousand.
Among the three Baltic states, the greatest proportion of job vacancies was recorded in Latvia – 2.6 %, followed by Estonia and Lithuania with 1.9 % in each. Over the year the number of vacant jobs reduced in all Baltic states, with most notable decrease in Latvia (of 15.9 %), followed by Estonia (12.4 %) and Lithuania (1.4 %).
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