Unemployment increases to 8% in April; Riga records fastest growth in unemployment

11 May 2020

Registered unemployment rate in Latvia increased to 8 percent of the economically active population by end-April, which is 1.2 percentage points more than at the end of March, LETA learned from the State Employment Agency.

At the end of April, there were 72,917 unemployed in Latvia - 10,991 more than at the end of March when 61,926 people were unemployed. Riga had the lowest unemployment rate at the end of April, 6.2 percent - however, this is 1.5 percentage points more than in March. Latgale had the highest unemployment of 15.3 percent - 0.8 percentage points up from March. The registered unemployment rate in Vidzeme increased 1 percentage point to 7.7 percent of the economically active population at end-April. Unemployment in Zemgale rose 0.9 percentage points to 7.7 percent, and unemployment in Kurzeme also increased 0.9 percentage points, amounting to 8.6 percent.

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