Latvian unemployment drops to 6.3% in late April

RIGA - At the end of April, the unemployment rate in Latvia dropped 0.3 percentage points from the end of March to 6.3 percent of the economically active population, LETA was told at the State Employment Agency.

The number of people registered with the agency as jobless declined by 3,056 from the end of March to 58,188 people at the end of April.

The lowest unemployment rate was recorded in Riga Region where 4.1 percent of the working-age population were out of work in April, which is down 0.1 percentage points from a month ago. The highest unemployment rate was recorded in Latgale where joblessness decreased by 0.5 percentage points from February to 14.9 percent this March.

Unemployment dropped by 0.7 percentage points to 7.1 percent in Kurzeme and by 0.4 percentage points to 6.2 percent in Vidzeme. In Zemgale, the jobless rate declined 0.5 percentage points month-on-month and was 6.2 percent in April.

In Riga, the unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in late April, down 0.1 percentage points from March.

At the end of March 2019, Latvia’s registered unemployment rate stood at 6.6 percent.

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