Klaipėda county is the only county of the Republic of Lithuania bordering on the sea. Klaipėda county covers an area of 5 209 km2 and has a population of 177 812. Klaipėda is the administrative and business centre of the county. Klaipėda county is located in the western part of the Republic of Lithuania between Scandinavia and Central Europe.
Klaipėda is a threshold where transit shipments account for about 80% of the total freight flow. Klaipėda county is famous for its water resources. The distinctive features of the economy in Klaipėda county mainly stem from the Klaipėda seaport which is the only ice-free northernmost port on the east coast of the Baltic Sea.
In 2011, the share of jobless people in the working-age population registered with the Klaipėda Area Labour Exchange went down by 4.2 percentage points and reached 9.9% on 1 January 2012. The percentage of men out of work in the working-age male population shrank from 14.6% to 9.5%, women from 13.6% to 10.3% and youth from 9.8% to 6.4%. The Klaipėda Area Labour Exchange was approached by 32 900 people looking for work, which is by 5 000, or 13%, fewer than in 2010.
In 2011, 20 000 vacancies were registered, which is by 12% more than in 2010. Employers registered 60% of jobs for permanent work and the remaining vacancies were for temporary jobs.
On 1 January 2012, Klaipėda county had 10 036 operating undertakings. Most undertakings in Klaipėda county engage in wholesale and retail trade, transportation, warehousing and real estate services.