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More than 40% of unemployed are 50 years old or older

BC, Riga, 24.08.2018.Print version
40.3% of Latvia's unemployed, or 24,000 people, are 50 years old and older, cities LETA referring to the State Employment Agency's Director Evita Simsone.

Of these, 14% have higher education, 47% have vocational education, and 39% - secondary education or primary education.

On the other hand, those aged 50 and over make up 33.7% of all employees in Latvia. Most of them work in water supply, health and social care, education, real estate operations, and power supply.

In addition, people aged 50 and over make up 39.2% of those who have been unemployed for a lengthy period of time, added Simsone. These persons last worked as janitors, shop assistants, cooks, caregivers, drivers, and suchlike.

Simsone said people aged 50 and over had a great potential. "Senior employees have major work experience, they are responsible and motivated to work, but their skills no longer meet the requirements of the modern-day labor market."

Therefore, new ideas and solutions have to be tried to help these people achieve their potential faster, taking into account their specific needs.

The Welfare Ministry's Parliamentary Secretary Karina Ploka (Unity) said that the labor market was changing and new skills were in demand. Workers 50 years old and older are a very vulnerable group though as employees often prefer youth to experience, she admitted.

To that end, employers who employ persons older than 50 now receive more support from the state, added Ploka.


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