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Unemployment rate down in May
At the end of May this year, the registered unemployment rate in Latvia reached 7.6 percent of the economically active population, down 0.3 percentage points from a month before, according to the State Employment Agency.
Average gross monthly wage tops 1,200 euros
Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) June 1 show that in the first quarter of 2021 the average monthly gross wages and salaries for full-time work comprised EUR 1,207.
Hourly labor costs rose by 6.8% in Q4 of 2020
Seasonally and calendar non-adjusted data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) published March 17 show that in the fourth quarter of 2020 hourly labor costs increased by 6.8% or 67 cents, reaching EUR 10.43.
Unemployment benefit policy might be revised in Latvia
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of jobs available is declining and there are sectors where activity has almost stopped. Solutions are being sought to help all the unemployed, Latvian Radio reported February 25.
Big increase in unemployment in 2020
In the course of 2020, the number of unemployed persons in Latvia increased by 28.4 % according to the results of the Labour Force Survey of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) released February 24.
Unemployment rate increased in January
Data of the Labor Force Survey published February 18 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in January 2021 actual unemployment rate comprised 8.8%.
Wage growth continues despite economic strife of COVID
Compared to the third quarter of 2019, in the third quarter of 2020 the average gross wages and salaries for full-time work increased by 5.9 % or EUR 64 and comprised EUR 1,147 according to data released December 1 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB).
Third quarter unemployment rate was 8.4%
Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in the third quarter of 2020 Latvia's unemployment rate stood at 8.4 %. 

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