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In March, unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points

Data of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in March 2022, the actual unemployment rate in Latvia was 7.4 %, and compared to February it has decreased by 0.2 percentage points.

The female unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points to 6.9 % in March, while the males unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage points to 7.9 %.

The unemployment rate registered with the State Employment Agency (SEA) was 6.8 % and has not changed since February. Compared to March last year, the actual unemployment rate decreased by 0.7 percentage points and the registered unemployment rate - by 1.4 percentage points.

In March 2022, there were 68.8 thousand unemployed persons (31.8 thousand females and 37.0 thousand males) in Latvia, which is 1.4 thousand fewer than in February, and 5.9 thousand fewer than in the same period last year. The number of unemployed males decreased by 0.9 thousand during the month, while the number of unemployed females– by 0.5 thousand.

The registered unemployment rate in the SEA is calculated using data on registered unemployed persons held by the Agency and data on the active population (employed and unemployed persons) of working age provided by the CSB. Unadjusted monthly survey estimates are used for the actual unemployment rate.

Registered unemployment rate by month is available on the – SEA website ,
Methodology used for the CSB monthly estimates is published on the Official Statistics Portal reference metadata section Employment and unemployment
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

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