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International Internet Magazine. Baltic States news & analytics Saturday, 11.07.2020, 19:46

1,792 people file jobless claims on first days of April

BC, Riga, 03.04.2020.Print version
Altogether, 1,792 people registered as jobless in Latvia on the first days of April, increasing the total unemployed population to 63,219, the State Employment Agency's data referred LETA.

The agency received reports of collective redundancies from 24 employers, laying off 3,858 people. 

Collective redundancies have been announced by businesses in transport and warehousing, administrative and service operations, manufacturing, waste management, accommodation and catering, arts and entertainment, forestry, real estate business, professional, scientific and technical services, as well as wholesale and retail trade. In recent days, redundancy reports have been received also from companies in the financial and insurance sector. 

At present, there are 18,272 job vacancies available in Latvia, including 541 vacancies registered in April. Compared to April 1, when there were 26,971 job vacancies registered with the agency, their number of reduced by 8,699.

As reported, the State Employment Agency's director Evita Simsone told LETA that the number of jobless people registered with the State Employment Agency does not yet suggest of anything extraordinary.

Simsone said that there are still quite a few job vacancies registered with the agency, so the sacked workers can be offered new job opportunities, particularly in sectors like transport, construction and IT. 

She admitted that the situation with airBaltic employees is much more complicated because there are no aviation-related jobs available in Latvia at the moment. "We have nothing to offer to flight attendants or pilots," Simsone said. 

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