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Saeima Speaker: EU must find new ways of including socially vulnerable people in society and labor market24.02.2015
Latvian Saeima Speaker Inara Murniece believes social maturity is revealed by society's attitude toward the most vulnerable segments of the population, and the European Union member states must join the efforts in finding new and effective ways to welcome the underprivileged to society and the labor market, reports BC Saeima press service.
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Data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2014 unemployment rate (the number of unemployed persons in the total number of economically active population) accounted for 10.8%, which is 1.1 percentage point less than in 2013. 107.6 thsd persons aged 15 to 74 years were unemployed, which is 12.8 thsd or 10.6% less than in 2013.
On 17 February in Riga, the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s Parliamentary State Secretary for EU Affairs, Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica, met with the Chair of the European Parliament Committee for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, Iratxe Garcia Pérez, and members of the committee, Maria Noichl and Marijana Petir, reports BC the Latvian MFA.
Unemployment will continue to decrease and employment to increase in 2015 – the unemployment rate will go down to 9.6%, whereas employment level could reach 60.3%, the Latvian Economy Ministry predicts, cites LETA.
Labour resources available in Estonia are in ever-shorter supply, Estonia's central bank Eesti Pank said in its comments to the fresh unemployment data, cites LETA.
Statistics Lithuania reports that, according to the Labour Force Survey data, in 2014 the unemployment rate stood at 10.7%; against 2013, it decreased by 1.1 percentage points, informs LETA/ELTA.
According to Statistics Estonia, the unemployment rate was 7.4% and the employment rate was 63% in 2014. Unemployment has decreased and employment has increased since 2011, but these changes have gradually slowed down.