Last year, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the number of vacancies in Latvia decreased by half – from about 30,000 at the beginning of the year to 14,500 at the end, the director of the State Employment Agency (GAZ) said in an interview with LETA. Evita Simson.
“If we can say that the increase in registered unemployment is still small and not worrisome, then in the field of vacancies we are already seeing this strong impact of the crisis. The number of registered vacancies has dropped significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic,” Simsone said.
She noted that employers register a much smaller number of vacancies than before the crisis.
“If before the crisis we had about 30,000 current vacancies, then in the spring this number fell sharply – in the summer months we had an average of 18,000 current vacancies. Now this number has decreased even more, and at the end of 2020 we had 14,500 vacancies, “said Simson.
She explained this by the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis.
“New vacancies are not registered or are registered much less than before the crisis. The impact of Covid-19 is felt. Even if enterprises are not yet laying off employees thanks to support measures, they definitely do not plan to grow and do not create new jobs,” said the head of GAZ.
She also noted that the industries with the most vacancies have not changed for many years.
“These are construction, manufacturing, transport and logistics, retail. These industries still have the most vacancies. There are not many new jobs in trade, but there are vacancies due to the mobility of the workforce. At the same time, among our clients there are many who used to be involved in trade, “said Simsone.
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