Number of unemployed up 1,000 from last week

The number of companies who've notified the State Employment Agency about mass lay-offs due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak is up to 10, with a total of 1,660 people to be fired.

The industries affected are transport and storage, hospitality and food, wholesale, processing, water and sanitary utilities, as well as waste management.

On March 23 the number of unemployed people grew to 59,104, up 1,047 from last week. 

One of the companies to lay off many of its workers is airBaltic, Latvia's flag-carrier airline, which is to lay off about 400 people starting April 14. 

Likewise the Rīga International Airport told the press that at present 500 of its employees are on downtime with their wage cut significantly, and that the company plans to cut the number of employees on its payroll drastically by June 2020. 

The company board said that the airport will cut investments by 85%, running costs by 60% and personnel costs by 40%. The airport is heavily affected as its income has been all but wiped out, down 98% from before the virus outbreak. 

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