As of the end of the first quarter of 2021, Latvia had 21.5 thousand jobs, 2.6 thousand, or 14.0% more than in the first quarter of 2020. There were 14.1,000 jobs in the private sector and 7.4 thousand in the public sector.
Throughout the year, private sector job openings increased by 3.2 thousand or 28.7%, while those in the public sector decreased by 0.5 thousand or 6.6%, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.
Compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, the number of job openings increased by 24.6%, or 4.2 thousand. In the private sector, it increased by 43.2%, or 4.3 thousand, but in the public sector, it was the same, at 7.4 thousand.
Since the first quarter of 2021, data from state revenue services has been used to calculate the number of occupied posts, resulting in a total of 914.00 thousand or 1.4 occupying posts in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of 2020. Increased by%.
The largest share of job vacancies was recorded not only among crafts and related trade workers, but also among technicians and associate professionals (3.6%) and primary school professions (3.4%).
In the first quarter of 2021, demand for primary school professions, clerical support workers (office workers), plant and machine operators and assemblers increased the most. Next, a decline in demand for skilled agriculture, forestry and fisheries workers, professionals, and crafts and related trade workers was observed.
The highest rates of job openings were in mining and quarrying (5.8%), government (5.2%), construction (4.2%), manufacturing (3.3%), and health and social care (2.8%).
In the first quarter of this year, the largest share of jobs was observed in the Riga region – 2.6% or 13.2 thousand of all jobs in the region, while the lowest – in Semigallia and Latgale – 1.8% or 1.3 thousand, respectively.
Of all Baltic states, the highest share of jobs (2.3%) was registered in Latvia and Lithuania (1.6%) in the first quarter of 2021, but the lowest in Estonia (1.5%).
At the end of the first quarter of this year, there was the largest increase in job openings in Lithuania (39.8%), Latvia (14.0%) and Estonia (9.6%) compared to the end of the first quarter of last year.