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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 %. 
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.

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