19 former Saeima deputies sign on as unemployed

A month after the October 6 election that saw the 13th Saeima replace the 12th Saeima, 19 out of 66 deputies who lost their seats in the 100-seat parliament had entered the ranks of the unemployed, LTV's “4th studio” news show reported.

The State Employment Agency told the show people whose last occupation was listed as "Member of the Saeima" are not usually long detained in the ranks of job seekers. The status of 'long-term unemployed' is unofficially assigned to those who cannot find a job during a whole year.

"People who have previously been members of the Saeima, are all highly qualified specialists, it is clear that the job for them is easier to find," said Deputy Director of the SEA Kristīne Stašāne.

However, despite the high level of specialization, the former public servants have applied to the State Employment Agency's standard services for the unemployed.

“These were different types of competitiveness services. Career Counseling. The most active support for job searches. Some used the training offered such as foreign languages, and professional courses to improve qualifications or get new ones,” Stašāne said.

With the labor market starting to run short of manpower and wages rising, it's unlikely the former legislators will have to remain unemployed for long.

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