In June actual unemployment rate comprised 7.8 % and registered – 7.4 %
Data of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in June 2021 actual unemployment rate comprised 7.8 %, which is 0.1 percentage points less than in May. The unemployment rate for females increased by 0.1 percentage points to 7.4 % in June, but for males it remained unchanged at 8.3 %. Unemployment rate registered by the State Employment Agency (SEA) accounted for 7.4 % which is 0.2 percentage points less than in May. Unemployment rate decrease may be observed when comparing the data to the June of the previous year – of 0.8 percentage points in actual unemployment rate and 1.2 percentage points in registered unemployment rate.
In June 2021 there were 72.6 thousand unemployed persons in Latvia (33.5 thousand females and 39.1 thousand males). The total number of unemployed persons has not changed since May, but the number of unemployed females has increased by 0.1 thousand and the number of unemployed males has decreased by 0.2 thousand. Compared to the corresponding period last year, when three months have already passed since the first emergency situation had been declared in Latvia, the number of unemployed persons has decreased by 11.3 thousand. Since the second declaration of the emergency situation in November 2020 when a number of on-site services were restricted, the number of unemployed persons has decreased by 3.0 thousand.
Registered unemployment rate is calculated based on the SEA data and results of LFS conducted by the CSB. Unadjusted monthly estimates of the survey are used for calculations of the actual unemployment rate. SEA data concerns only the population of working age.
CSB reminds that during the time of change it is important to obtain the information on population employment in order to assess impact of the current situation on the national economic and social processes and therefore is asking population to be active and participate in surveys. CSB would like to thank everyone who took part in surveys and helped to assess the effect of the current situation on national processes.
Registered unemployment rate by month is available on the – SEA website
Seasonal Adjustment of Time Series During COVID-19 Crisis
Socio-economic indicators of the emergency situation are available on the Official Statistics Portal Covid-19 thematic section