Number of job vacancies dropped by 35.5 % in the first quarter

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at the end of first quarter of 2020 there were 18.5 thousand job vacancies in Latvia, which is 10.2 thousand vacancies or 35.5 % less than in the first quarter of 2019.

In public sector there were 7.9 thousand and in private sector 10.6 thousand job vacancies. Over the year, the number of job vacancies in public sector grew by 1.5 %, while in private sector fell by 49.2 %.

Out of the total number of jobs in Latvia (both occupied and vacant), 2.0 % positions were vacant, of which 2.7 % in public sector and 1.7 % in private sector.

Compared to the first quarter of 2019, in the first quarter of 2020 number of occupied posts in private sector rose by  0.2 % and in public sector dropped by  0.4 %. Thus, the total number of occupied posts in the country did not change.

The highest share of job vacancies was recorded among craft and related trades workers (3.2 % of all jobs in this occupational group), technicians and associate professionals, as well as plant and machine operators and assemblers (2.2 %).

Due to the COVID-19, demand for employees feel in all main occupational groupings, except for managers. The most significant drop was observed in demand for skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers, service and sales workers, plant and machine operators and assemblers, craft and related trades workers,  technicians and associate professionals, elementary occupations, clerical support workers, and professionals.

 

 

 

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