Employment
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 %. 
Welfare Minister: wage subsidy program unsuccessful
The subsidy program for the recruitment of unemployed people does not reach the targets and expectations, said Ramona Petraviča, Minister for Welfare (KPV LV) in an interview on Latvian Television Monday, August 17.
Aviation employee situation better than expected
During the COVID-19 crisis, airBaltic reported collective dismissal of 700 employees, promising to return employees to their jobs within a year. Up to now, 17 employees have resumed their jobs, but many are still waiting for the possibility of returning to the airline, airBaltic told Latvian Radio August 6.
Temporary public works planned for the unemployed
The Ministry of Welfare said July 28 that, having reviewed the support funds co-financed by the European Social Fund to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and is now planning to implement temporary public works.
Concerns raised about unemployment rise in autumn
The rise in the unemployment rate, which was particularly rapid in the first months of the COVID-19 crisis, has nearly stalled.  State Employment Agency (NVA) said July 17 it was likely that the trend could deteriorate again in autumn, with the end of seasonal jobs.
Employment situation in Latvia better than European average
The COVID-19 pandemic has created severe tension, not only in health care, but also in economy, in volumes estimated to be the largest in the world since World War II. Unlike the financial turmoil of ten years ago, this time European governments have launched an unprecedented number of support campaigns aimed at protecting citizens from losing their jobs and income due to the pandemic, reported Latvian Radio on June 30.
Latvia should implement shortened working hours, say employers
The Latvian Employers' Confederation (LDDK) is calling for the introduction of short-term working hours, temporarily addressing the employment problem in times of crisis and overcoming the consequences of the crisis, Latvian Radio reported on June 29.
State to subsidize wages for new employees
On Tuesday, June 16, the Cabinet supported the Welfare Ministry's (LM) proposal to provide financial support to employers for recruitment of new employees coming from the unemployed population, LM informed on June 16.
Unemployment increase rate slows
The increase in the number of unemployed people has slowed down significantly over the past weeks, said Evita Simsone, director of the State Employment Agency (NVA) in an interview to Latvian Radio on May 22.
Farmers call for permission to employ guest workers
Latvian non-governmental farmer organizations invite responsible authorities to participate more actively in tackling border crossing issues so guest workers from third countries could be employed in agriculture, "Zemnieku saeima" said in a media statement on May 21.

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