Continued demand for new housing development
According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, in 2019, the total production of Estonian construction enterprises in Estonia and in foreign countries amounted to 3.2 billion euros, which is 3% more than in 2018. Taking into account only Estonian construction market, construction volume stayed at the level of the previous year.
Working part-time continues to be popular
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2019, the labour force participation rate was 71.6%, the employment rate was 68.4% and the unemployment rate was 4.4%. The annual average number of persons active in the labour market was 702,600 and persons employed numbered 671,300.
In 2019, trade stayed at the same level as in 2018
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2019, compared to 2018, the exports of goods stayed at the same level and imports decreased by 1%. The substantial increase in trade in the first half of the year compensated for the decrease in the second half.
More tourists staying in accommodation establishments
According to Statistics Estonia, 3.8 million tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in 2019. The total number of nights spent was 7 million. 59% were foreign tourists and 41% were domestic tourists.
Changes in the consumer price index affected the most by transport and clothing
According to Statistics Estonia, the change of the consumer price index in January 2020 was –0.4% compared to December 2019 and 1.6% compared to January 2019.
Statistics Estonia develops a useful tool for governance decisions
Today, Statistics Estonia presented its governance dashboards, which help state authorities, the business sector, the media and everyone else to make informed and data-based decisions.
Decrease in industrial production was mainly affected by energy and mining
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2019, the production of industrial enterprises decreased by 2% compared to the previous year. Production increased only in manufacturing, by 2%.
Stable turnover growth in retail trade enterprises continued in December
According to Statistics Estonia, in December 2019, the turnover of retail trade enterprises was 703 million euros. Compared to December 2018, turnover increased by 4% at constant prices.
Egg production was the smallest in years
According to preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, in 2019, milk production increased by 3% and meat production by 5%, while egg production was smaller than ever. Compared to 2018, the number of dairy cows, sheep and poultry decreased, while the number of pigs increased.
Last year produced record crop harvests
2019 was a favourable year for crop farmers, resulting in record total production as well as production per hectare. According to Statistics Estonia, the total production of cereals was 1,625,000 tonnes. The total production of potatoes was 120,500 tonnes, which is the largest in the last six years. The production of open-field vegetables was 77,000 tonnes.