Number of job vacancies in Latvia rose by 14% in Q1

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) published June 18 show that at the end of the 1st quarter of 2021 there were 21.5 thousand job vacancies in Latvia, which is 2.6 thousand vacancies or 14.0 % more than in the 1st quarter of 2020.

 In private sector there were 14.1 thousand and in public sector 7.4 thousand job vacancies. Over the year, the number of job vacancies in private sector increased by 3.2 thousand or 28.7 %, while in public sector – reduced by 0.5 thousand or 6.6 %.

Compared to the 4th quarter of 2020, the number of job vacancies rose by 24.6 % or 4.2 thousand. In private sector it increased by 43.2 % or 4.3 thousand, but in public sector it remained the same – 7.4 thousand.

Starting with the 1st quarter of 2021 State Revenue Service data is used for the calculation of the number of occupied posts, in the result, compared to the 1st quarter of 2020, in the 1st quarter this year the number of occupied posts rose to 914.0 thousand or by 1.4 %. 

Among all Baltic countries, in the 1st quarter of 2021 the highest share of job vacancies (2.3 %) was registered in Latvia, in Lithuania (1.6 %), but in Estonia it was the lowest (1.5 %).

At the end of the 1st quarter this year, compared to the end of the 1st quarter last year, the largest rise in the number of job vacancies was observed in Lithuania (39.8 %), in Latvia (14.0 %), but in Estonia (9.6 %).

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