Social Support Financing for Unemployed Persons in Latvia
Unemployment Benefit Comparison With Other European Countries
Luxembourg: A worker must have been in employment for 26 weeks in the year previous to unemployment.
Unemployment benefit is paid at a rate of 80% of previous earnings and 85% for people with dependent children. It is capped however at two and a half times the minimum wage for the first 6 months and twice the minimum wage for the next 6 months.
Unemployment benefit is paid for the equivalent number of months that the claimant worked in the previous 12 months. It is capped at 12 months in any 24 month period.
UK: Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) is payable to anyone regardless of whether they have previously worked
Income-based JSA is paid at a flat rate of up to £56.25 for those under 25 and up to £71 for those aged 25 and over.
There is no time limit on the duration which income-based JSA can be claimed.
Unemployment level among citizens in Latvia tends to decrease, however, it is still high
Overall unemployment rate in Latvia 9.7%
Youth unemployment rate 13.2%
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