Employment
Saeima adopts 'no Covid certificate, no job' law
On Thursday, November 4, Latvia's parliament, the Saeima, supported the amendments to the Law which provide for the right of employers to dismiss employees who do not have an interoperable certificate of Covid-19 vaccination or recovery.
Around 20% of Latvia's labor force worked remotely in 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a variety of changes in lifestyle, including work environment. Last year, remote work became available in a wide variety of sectors. The number of remote workers has grown in Latvia and in Europe as a whole, according to a EURANET PLUS report October 11.
PM tells ministries to decide which jobs require Covid certificate
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš has instructed all ministries and their subordinate institutions to evaluate and determine the positions where a vaccination or disease certificate is required to perform duties, the government office announced September 29.
Relatively few homeworkers in Latvia last year
While working from home became more commonplace with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, data from European Union statistics agency Eurostat suggests it was less common in Latvia than many might think.
Unemployment rate in August at lowest level since December 2019
Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) September 20 show that in August 2021 Latvia's actual unemployment rate comprised 6.9 %, which is 0.6 percentage points less than in July. The actual unemployment rate in the country has not been this low since December 2019 (6.6 %).
Men dominate workforce in Latvia's ICT sector
In 2020, men accounted for 83% of the 2.7 million people in the EU who were employed and who had an information and communication technology (ICT) education, according to latest data from Eurostat.
Rīga airport to offer 200 jobs
Rīga International Airport is planning to employ over 200 people by the end of the year due to the situation in the aviation sector improving, the airport said in a release September 7.
Second quarter unemployment rate 7.9 %
Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) and published August 17 show that in the 2nd quarter of 2021 unemployment rate in Latvia constituted 7.9 %. 
Survey: employees prefer long-term benefits over short-term cash
Apart from pay, employees in Latvia are most motivated by long-term benefits from their employers such as health insurance, additional holidays, and contributions to a private pension fund, according to a survey commissioned by Luminor bank.
Unemployment level at 7.4% in June
At the end of June this year, the registered unemployment rate in Latvia reached 7.4 percent of the economically active population, down 0.2 percentage points from a month before, according to the State Employment Agency.
Lack of seasonal workers leads to crops dying in the fields
It is common practice that seasonal workers from other countries come to help in strawberry fields. This year, the extra hands would be particularly useful, but not many guest workers are in Latvia, Latvian Television reported July 8.
Actual unemployment rate at 7.9%
Data of the Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) published June 18 show that in May 2021 actual unemployment rate comprised 7.9%, which is 0.1 percentage point less than in April. 
Number of job vacancies 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.
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.

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