Posts published in Day: July 9, 2021

Unemployment level at 7.4% in June in Latvia

Friday, July 9, 2021

At the end of June this year, the registered unemployment rate in Latvia reached 7.4 percent of the economically active population. At the end of June 2021, there were 67,307 people registered with the State Employment Agency as jobless, which is 1,458 people fewer than the month before when the jobless register included 68,765 people. At the end of 2020, the registered unemployment rate in Latvia was 7.7 percent of the…

NATO military spending: Baltic States are at the top

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Friday, July 9, 2021

NATO has released its latest estimates showing which nations meet the 2% of GDP guideline spend on defence. The number of NATO nations meeting or exceeding the alliance’s target of spending 2% of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defence has decreased, according to the latest official estimates. NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on defence spending to increase within the alliance. It should be noted that only 10…

Imports, exports up by half on year to May in Estonia

Friday, July 9, 2021

Exports and imports both rose by around a half on year to May, state agency Statistics Estonia reports, driven by fuels, electrical and transport equipment in particular, as well as 2020’s low reference base – the result of the pandemic. Exports totaled €1.5 billion on year to May 2021, a rise of 47 percent, while imports came to €1.6 billion, a rise of 50 percent. Leading analyst at Statistics Estonia…

Latvia ranks 12th in EU/EEA by Covid-19 morbidity

Friday, July 9, 2021

In mid-June, Latvia recorded the highest Covid-19 incidence in Europe. Latvia’s Covid-19 incidence was the fifth highest in Europe last week and the third-highest the week before. According to European Center for Disease Prevention and Control estimates for the time period from June 21 to July 4, Latvia’s cumulative 14-day number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population dropped to 43. The 11 countries with higher incidence numbers were Cyprus, Portugal,…

Lack of seasonal workers leads to crops dying on fields in Latvia

Friday, July 9, 2021

It is common practice that seasonal workers come to help on strawberry fields. This year, the extra hands would be particularly useful, but not many guest workers are in Latvia. Farmers are looking for guest workers throughout Latvia, but the Ministry of Economy believes that local workers should still be addressed. But local people aren’t interested in the strawberry field. Vacancies are mostly filled by teens. 12 thousand guest workers…

Businesses ask for extending state aid in Covid crisis in Latvia

Friday, July 9, 2021

June was the last month when entrepreneurs could receive Covid-19-related aid. The catering, tourism and fitness sectors are of the opinion that the existing restrictions are still preventing full work, and therefore the State should continue its Covid-19 support programs. The Ministry of Economy is offering to continue to pay Covid-19 support for individual industries subject to restrictions. It is no longer planned to pay the downtime benefits, but it…

Colorado beetles are growing more rapidly this year in Latvia

Friday, July 9, 2021

Due to weather conditions, Colorado beetles are growing more rapidly this year, so potato yields can fall by as much as 80%. Farmers are quite angry that their favorite insecticides have been listed among the prohibited substances. Colorado beetles have covered both large and small gardens this year, and it is virtually impossible to collect them by hand. The big potato farms are still hoping that potatoes will grow, but…