Results from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) published on February 23 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in Latvia 884.2 thousand people or 64.2 % of the population aged 15–74 were employed in 2023.
On Monday, November 27, the Latvian social enterprise “All opportunities” (Visas iespējas) opens a virtual door to its job search platform, internationally called “MatchWork”, also integrating into the Croatian, Cyprus and Bulgarian markets, the enterprise said.
Employers increasingly talk about the inability to attract the necessary employees as a development-delaying circumstance in Latgale. When it comes to guest workers, it is also necessary to assess from which countries to attract them so that it does not affect security, Latvian Radio reported November 15.
In 2022, there were 9.8 million people employed in high-technology sectors across the EU, corresponding to 4.9% of the EU’s total employment. The gender representation in this sector sees men accounting for just over two-thirds (67.2%) of the total.
This year the Latvian labour market has been supplemented by approximately 14 thousand employees from third countries. Economics Minister Viktors Valainis (Union of Greens and Farmers) has pledged to organize the registration system for guest workers because often they register in neighboring countries and pay taxes there as well, Latvian Television reported October 29.
The lack of workforce has been felt in the Latvian labor market for a long time. According to operational data from the State Employment Agency (NVA), the unemployment rate registered on September 25 had dropped to 5.3% in the country and there were 47.5 thousand people unemployed. The NVA database also had 21.8 thousand vacancies and at least some of them could be filled by people with disabilities, Latvian Radio reported October 2.