To my dear friend, whose love for his city is as gentle as it is bright.
You asked me to be analytical, as I tend to be — to impartially look at cold hard numbers in search for even harder truths. I’ll try, but I’m not sure I’ll manage required detachment… for I always remember the nostalgic and delicate softness seeping in your voice — when you start talking about Visaginas
Visaginas has not.
If I were to guess, I’d say that the closing of the Ignalina station has taken its toll — combined with the consequences of Great Recession it made a blow to available jobs truly devastating, and the situation hasn’t improved since.
Which… surprisingly cannot be said about combined wages and salaries:
But that will not fix the deficit of jobs. Especially since population of Visaginas also increased in recent years — and so, consequently, did the amount of people of working age:
But you have probably known that without me.
(Data source: Lithuania's official statistics data portal — https://osp.stat.gov.lt/ )