Unemployment dips down to 8.3% in Latvia

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In late September this year, Latvia's registered unemployment rate dropped 0.2% from late August, reaching 8.3% of the economically active population, according to information from the National Agency for Employment (NVA) on Thursday.

The number of people registered with the agency as jobless decreased by 1,268 people month-on-month to 78,557 at the end of September.

As is usual, the lowest unemployment rate was recorded in Riga where 5.2% of the population were out of job at the end of September this year. The highest  unemployment  rate, 18.3%, was recorded in the eastern Latvian region of Latgale. The jobless rate stood at 10.3% in Kurzeme, 9% in Vidzeme and 8 % in the central Latvian region of Zemgale.

NVA data show that 6,323 jobless people found permanent jobs in September.

During September, 17,481 unemployed people were involved in employment activities, including activities intended to increase competitiveness (5,747 people), professional and informal training (3,826), Youth Guarantee support activities (3,718), etc.

Career consultations were provided to 2,859 people in September 2015, and career consultations within the Youth Guarantee program were provided to 2,701 youth.

At the end of August 2015, Latvia's registered unemployment rate was at 8.5% of the economically active population.

Despite the dip in unemployment, the unemployment rate was still above the European average in July

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