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.
500 jobs to go at Rīga International Airport
Due to the emergency situation in Latvia, which has brought a drastic decline in travel and economic activity, Rīga Airport has started consultations with trade unions representing airport employees on the implementation of the collective redundancy process, airport management announced April 7. The redundancies could affect around 500 workers.
Some companies hire employees seeing downtime
Many companies are closed during the Covid-19 outbreak, with employees staying home. But others are seeing increased demand for services and products. These latter now tend to absorb part of the workforce that is seeing downtime, reported Latvian Radio march 25.
Number of unemployed up 1,000 from last week
The number of companies who've notified the State Employment Agency about mass lay-offs due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak is up to 10, with a total of 1,660 people to be fired.
Learning data analytics in Cēsis
In the future at least 1% of Cēsis residents could be working at various IT and data analytics companies, as 135 people have already applied to an initiative that includes three months of training to become a data analyst.
Languages of labor - Labdien, hello and zdravstvuyte
Along with Latvian, Russian and English, companies are increasingly asking that potential employees know a Scandinavian language, but experts say that although the situation is improving, employer needs frequently exceed the abilities of potential employees, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 12.
Unemployment reached 6.2% last year
According to the State Employment Agency (NVA), 6.2% (57,808 persons) of economically active Latvian citizens were registered as unemployed at the end of 2019, which is 0.4% (53,783 persons) higher than the previous month, the LETA news agency reported January 10.
Wages were on the rise in the third quarter of 2019
Data released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) on November 2 show that in the third quarter of 2019, compared to the third quarter of 2018, average monthly gross wages and salaries grew by 8.3 % or EUR 84, reaching EUR 1 091 for full-time work.
Employers can apply for employee training grants until November 19
Employers can apply for a new employee training program until November 19, according to the State Employment Agency. This training is organized as a part of the European Social Fund “Support to the education of unemployed people” (sic) project. It's an opportunity for employers to receive grant vouchers for training necessary specialists in a workplace atmosphere by selecting and training the unemployed persons registered at the agency.
Significant rise in labor costs in Q2
Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) September 13 show that, compared to the 2nd quarter of 2018, in the 2nd quarter of 2019 hourly labor costs rose by 8.9 % or 79 cents, reaching EUR 9.60. Seasonally adjusted data show increase of 7.0 %.
Long-term unemployed need more help says OECD
Existing employment promotion programs in Latvia need to be improved, with a special emphasis on returning the long-term unemployed to the labor market according to conclusions expressed by experts from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) at a conference in Rīga April 16.