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Swiss Labour Force Survey in 2nd quarter 2018: Number of persons in employment rises by 0.7 percent, unemployment rate based on ILO at 4.6 percent

Neuchâtel, 16.08.2018 (FSO) – The number of employed persons in Switzerland rose by 0.7% in the 2nd quarter 2018 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. The unemployment rate as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) rose during the same period by 0.2 percentage points to 4.6%. The EU’s unemployment rate based on the ILO definition decreased from 7.6% to 6.9%. These are some of the results from the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS).

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Translated from German:

Neuchâtel, 16 August 2018 (FSO) – The number of persons in employment in Switzerland rose by 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter last year. The unemployment rate as defined by the International Labor Office (ILO) rose by 0.2 percentage points to 4.6% in the same period. In the EU, the unemployment rate fell from 7.6% to 6.9%. This is evident from the Swiss Labor Force Survey (SLFS).
In the second quarter of 2018, Switzerland had a total of 5.044 million persons in employment, i. 0.7% more than in the second quarter of 2017. The number of working men rose by 1.0% and that of women by 0.3%. In full-time equivalents (FTE), the increase was 0.5% compared to the same quarter of the previous year (men: + 0.6%, women: + 0.4%). Seasonally adjusted, the number of persons employed increased slightly between the first quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2018 (+ 0.3%, FTE: + 0.1%).

Unemployed According to ILO, 2013-2018

Unemployed According to ILO

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Swiss and foreign workers

Between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018, the number of foreign workers rose by 0.8% and those of the Swiss working population by 0.6%. Among those who were gainfully employed abroad, the increase was highest for those with a residence permit (C: + 2.5%). This was followed by cross-border commuters (ID card G: + 0.8%) and short-term residents (LP card, less than 12 months in Switzerland: + 0.2%). However, the number of persons in possession of a residence permit (B or L, for at least twelve months in Switzerland) decreased (-2.7%).

Unemployment in Switzerland and in Europe

In the second quarter of 2018, according to the definition of the ILO, 226,000 persons were unemployed in Switzerland. This is around 13 000 more than a year earlier. The share of the unemployed in the workforce was 4.6%, 0.2 percentage points higher than in the second quarter of 2017. Seasonally adjusted, the unemployment rate remained at 4.9% compared to the previous quarter. Between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018, the unemployment rate decreased both in the European Union (EU28: from 7.6% to 6.9%) and in the euro-zone (EA19: from 9.0% to 8 , 2%).

Youth Unemployment

According to the ILO (15 to 24-year-olds), the youth unemployment rate in Switzerland fell from 6.9% to 6.4% between the 2nd quarter of 2017 and the 2nd quarter of 2018. In the same period, the youth unemployment rate fell both in the European Union (EU28: from 16.9% to 15.0%) and in the euro-zone (EA19: from 19.0% to 16.8%).

Unemployment according to different characteristics

The ILO’s unemployment rate rose between the 2nd quarter of 2017 and the 2nd quarter of 2018 among 25- to 49-year-olds (from 4.2% to 4.9%), while it declined among the 50-64-year-olds (from 4.2% to 3.9%). Among women, there was an increase from 4.8% to 5.2%, while among men it only increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.1%. The unemployment rate remained at 3.1% among the Swiss, while it increased among foreign nationals (from 7.9% to 8.8%). Unemployment among EU28 / EFTA nationals was 6.8% in the second quarter of 2018 and 13.8% for non-EU nationals.

Duration of unemployment

Between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018, the number of long-term unemployed persons according to the ILO (one year or more unemployed) increased from 83,000 to 93,000. The share of long-term unemployed in all unemployed also grew; it increased from 39.1% to 41.0%. The median duration of unemployment increased from 242 to 270 days.

Part-time work and underemployment

The number of part-time workers in the second quarter of 2018 was 1.749 million (+46 000 persons compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year). Among them were 357 000 underemployed, i. People who want to work more and who are available at short notice. In the second quarter of 2018, the underemployment rate was 7.3%, slightly higher than in the second quarter of 2017 (7.2%).

Unemployment Rate and Youth Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate and Youth Unemployment Rate

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