44,000 unemployed got jobs this year in Latvia

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In 2022, when a gradual recovery began after the pandemic restrictions, 43,733 unemployed people settled into jobs, while the registered unemployment rate in the last week of September 2022 is 5.7%, which is lower than at the beginning of the pandemic, Ministry of Welfare reported September 27.

The number of vacancies registered in the State Employment Agency (NVA) had returned to the pre-pandemic level in the summer, approaching the 30 thousand mark. On average, 4,800 unemployed people entered the labor market per month, and on average 11 thousand vacancies were announced per month from employers, the Ministry said.

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, support for Ukrainian civilians was launched, with the NVA registering more than 13 thousand Ukrainian civilians, paying employment benefits to 7.8 thousand people, organizing cooperation with employers and offering vacancies, as well as involving measures promoting integration into the Latvian labor market.

The Ministry of Welfare, in cooperation with the NVA, has also extended the scope of services not only to those who are left without work, but also to those who are at risk of losing their jobs. New preventive support programs, such as non-formal education programs for workers, compensation for regional mobility costs, adjustment of workplaces for disabled workers according to the specific nature of the workplace, are being set up.

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