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.
17,000 jobs on offer in Latvia
Flash estimates by the State Employment Agency say registered unemployment in Latvia has dropped to 6.6% in May, said the agency's head Evita Simsone in an interview with LTV May 24. 
Unemployment drops to 6.7% in April
The registered unemployment level in Latvia fell to 6.7 percent this past April, which is 0.3 percentage points less than in March, according to the State Employment Agency's data.
Latvia shouldn't open labor market carelessly, says PM
Latvia should only seek to attract high-skilled employees at the moment, as the local job market is not yet saturated and local job shortages mean increasing focus should be put on mobility, Latvia's PM Māris Kučinskis told Latvian Radio April 5. 
Financial sector is the best-paid
Compared to the 4th quarter of 2016, in the 4th quarter of 2017 hourly labour costs rose by 54 cents or 7.3 %, reaching EUR 8.02. Seasonally adjusted data show identical changes – rise of 7.3 %, according to data released March 16 by the Central Statistics Bureau (CSB).
Wages up nearly 8% last year
Data released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) March 1 show that in 2017 the average gross wages and salaries for full-time work in Latvia comprised 926 euros.
Employment level rises on year
Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) and released February 22 show that last year, Latvia's unemployment rate constituted 8.7 %, which is 0.9 percentage points lower than in 2016.