Registered unemployment reaches 8.6% at end-June in Latvia

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The registered unemployment rate in Latvia amounted to 8.6% of the economically active population at the end of this past June, which is 0.2 percentage points more than at end-May, according to the State Employment Agency’s data.

At the end of June 2020, a total of 78,266 unemployed were registered with the Employment Agency, which is 1,826 people more than in May when 76,440 unemployed were registered with the agency.

The registered unemployment rate has been growing the fastest in Kurzeme and Latgale both in June.

Riga and Greater Riga still have the lowest unemployment rates in Latvia. According to the Employment Agency’s data, the registered unemployment rate in Riga at the end of June was 6.9% and unemployment in Greater Riga was also at 6.9% of the economically active population.

At the end of June, Latgale province still had the highest registered unemployment rate – 16%, which is 0.3 percentage points more than a month ago.

The unemployment rate in Vidzeme and Zemgale provinces was at 8.2% at the end of June, but in Kurzeme reached 9.2%.

At the end of 2019, the registered unemployment rate in Latvia was 6.2% of the economically active population, and at the end of this past April – 8%.

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