The year end saw a change in the labour market

news release no 19

According to Statistics Estonia, the unemployment rate was 6.2%, the employment rate was 65.2% and the labour force participation rate was 69.4% in 2015. The unemployment level was significantly lower and the employment rate and labour force participation rate higher than in 2014. Compared to 2014, labour market indicators improved thanks to the results of the first three quarters, whereas in the 4th quarter the situation changed.

Diagram: Unemployment rate of Estonians and non-Estonians, 2005–2015

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In the 4th quarter the Estonian economy grew 0.7%

news release no 18

According to the flash estimates of Statistics Estonia, the gross domestic product (GDP) of Estonia increased 0.7% in the 4th quarter of 2015 compared to the 4th quarter of 2014.

Diagram: GDP, growth of the export and import of goods compared to the same quarter of the previous year

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In 2015, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 17

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2015, more than 3 million domestic and foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 1% more than in 2014. The number of domestic tourists increased and the number of foreign tourists decreased.

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Last year Estonia’s foreign trade continued to decline

news release no 16

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2015, exports from Estonia amounted to 11.6 billion euros and imports to Estonia to 13.1 billion euros at current prices. Trade has been declining for the last three years but the biggest fall occurred in 2015.

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Ida-Virumaa. Olukord ja strateegilised eesmärgid


The pocket-sized reference book provides a concise overview of the strategic objectives and current situation of Ida-Viru county based on essential statistical indicators.

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In January, the annual change in the consumer price index was influenced the most by transport

news release no 15

According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2016, the change of the consumer price index was -0.1% compared to December 2015 and -0.6% compared to January of the previous year.

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In 2015, industrial production decreased

news release no 14

According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, in 2015, the production of industrial enterprises fell 2% compared to the previous year. Production decreased in energy and mining as well as in manufacturing.

Diagram: Volume index of production in manufacturing in the European Union countries

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In December, the growth in retail sales accelerated

news release no 13

According to Statistics Estonia, in December 2015 compared to December 2014, the retail sales of goods of retail trade enterprises increased 10% at constant prices. While in November, the retail sales increased 6% compared to the same month of the previous year, in December the retail sales growth accelerated.

Diagram: Retail sales volume index of retail trade enterprises and its trend

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Seminar on gender pay gap held today

news release no 12

Today, on 26 January, in Tallinn, Statistics Estonia holds a seminar on the gender pay gap. The seminar, called “Lahkame lõhet”, presents the results of the pay gap surveys carried out and discusses the gender pay gap both on the global scale and in terms of the situation in Estonia.

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The production of cereals reached a record-breaking high last year

news release no 11

According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, cereal production was 1,535,300 tonnes in 2015, which is 26% more than the year before and the largest volume ever recorded in Estonia.

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