Labor force

LABOUR FORCE

 

According to Statistics Lithuania, there were 149.7 thousand people living in the city as of July 2017, facing a decline of -2.2% as compared to the same period in previous year.

Population, TH

2016

2017

Difference, %

Klaipėda city

153,030

149,701

-2.2%

Klaipėda region

53,848

55,163

2.4%

Klaipėda city and region

206,878

204,864

-1.0%

Vilnius city and region

642,352

639,727

0.4%

Kaunas city and region

381,514

386,025

-1.2%

Šiauliai city and region

141,941

143,658

-1.2%

Lithuania TOTAL

2,870,351

2,821,674

-1.7%

 

Thus, even though it seems that the number of people is decreasing in the city, it is actually not as majority of these people simply moved to the surrounding area to live as there is a rapid development of new residential areas around the city. Therefore, taking into account Klaipėda city and Klaipėda region, we only see a slight decrease of -1.0% which is a more stable result as compared to the country as a whole.

One of the reasons for the number of people remaining more stable is because the unemployment level in Klaipėda city and area is lower than the country average.

Unemployment level

2017 November

2016 November

Difference, %

Klaipėda city

5,693

5,667

0.5%

Klaipėda city, %

6.2%

6.0%

0.2 pp

Klaipėda County

12,520

15,403

-18.7%

Klaipėda County, %

6.4%

7.6%

-1.2 pp

Vilnius city

21,101

18,933

11.5%

Vilnius city, %

6.0%

5.4%

0.6 pp

Vilnius County

33,700

32,300

4.3%

Vilnius County, %

6.6%

6.3%

0.3 pp

Kaunas city

13,279

11,758

12.9%

Kaunas city, %

7.4%

6.4%

1.0 pp

Kaunas County

26,440

24,193

9.3%

Kaunas County, %

7.6%

6.8%

0.8 pp

Šiauliai County

13,363

14,014

-4.6%

Šiauliai County, %

8.1%

8.3%

-0.2 pp

Lithuania TOTAL

135,045

135,339

-0.2%

Lithuania, %

7.7%

7.6%

0.1 pp

The salary in Klaipėda, like in a country as a whole, has been constantly increasing, yet at a slower pace than Lithuania‘s average. Even though the salary was increasing sharply over the past few years, Lithuania is still facing the 3rd lowest salaries in the European Union (only above Romania and Bulgaria).

Gross monthly salary, EUR

2016 Q3

2017 Q3

Lithuania, TOTAL

783.3

842.7

Klaipėda County

767.0

807.3

Alytus County

670.4

717.0

Kaunas County

774.8

832.7

Marijampolė County

649.2

691.7

Panevėžys County

699.9

754.8

Šiauliai County

675.0

717.7

Tauragė County

647.5

678.2

Telšiai County

689.8

760.4

Utena County

680.3

722.6

Vilnius County

864.4

935.9