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In 2021, the number of job vacancies has increased by 25,3 %

Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2021, there were 24.4 thousand job vacancies in Latvia, an increase of 4.9 thousand or 25.3 % compared to 2020. There were 15.9 thousand job vacancies in the private sector, whereas 8.6 thousand in the public sector. During the year, the number of job vacancies in the private sector increased by 4.2 thousand or 35.8 %, while in the public sector - by 0.7 thousand or 9.5 %.

Starting from the 1st quarter of 2021, the information of the State Revenue Service is used for the calculation of the number of occupied posts, resulting in an increase in the number of occupied jobs in 2021 compared to 2020 to 892.6 thousand, or by 0.4 %. Until the end of 2020, the source of data on occupied jobs was the CSB sample survey.

Of all jobs, the highest share of job vacancies was in the major group of craft and related trades workers - 4.2 %, in the major group of technicians and associate professionals - 3.9 %, in the major group of skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers - 3.8 % and in the major group of elementary occupations - 3.5 %.

The highest vacancy rates were in public administration - 5.9 %, manufacturing - 3.7 %, construction - 3.5 %, administrative and support service activities - 3.0 %, human health and social work activities - 2.9 %, accommodation and food service activities and information and communication - 2.8 %.

Number of job vacancies and occupied posts by type of economic activity

 

Number of job vacancies, thousands

Number of occupied posts, thousands

Share of job vacancies,%

Total

24.4

892.6

2.7

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries (A)

0.2

21.4

1.0

Mining and quarrying (B)

0.1

3.4

2.7

Manufacturing (C)

4.5

116.2

3.7

Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (D)

0.2

11.3

1.7

Water supply; sewage, waste management and remediation activities (E)

0.2

7.2

2.2

Construction (F)

2.3

62.1

3.5

Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (G)

3.0

140.6

2.1

Transportation and storage (H)

1.9

69.1

2.6

Accommodation and food service activities (I)

0.8

27.2

2.8

Information and communication (J)

1.1

38.7

2.8

Financial and insurance activities (K)

0.3

15.8

2.0

Real estate activities (L)

0.6

27.5

2.1

Professional, scientific and technical activities (M)

0.5

40.2

1.1

Administrative and support service activities (N)

1.1

37.5

3.0

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security (O)

4.0

63.6

5.9

Education (P)

1.2

99.0

1.2

Human health and social work activities (Q)

2.3

76.0

2.9

Arts, entertainment and recreation (R)

0.3

23.1

1.5

Other service activities (S)

0

12.8

0.3

By region, Riga had the highest share of job vacancies in 2021 - 3.1 % or 15.5 thousand, while Kurzeme and Latgale had the lowest - 1.9 % (1.5 and 1.4 thousand respectively).

Latvia had the highest vacancy rate among the three Baltic States in 2021 at 2.7 %. In Lithuania it was 1.8% and in Estonia - 1.7 %.

In 2021, compared to 2020, the number of job vacancies increased fastest in Lithuania by 46.0 %, in Latvia by 25.3 % and in Estonia by 25.0 %.

Media requests:
Communication Section
E-mail: media@csp.gov.lv
Phone: +371 27880666

More information on data:
Lija Luste
Wage Statistics Section
E-mail: Lija.Luste@csp.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366917

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