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Switzerland is the only means of mass

recently, an action of the Regional employment centre of the Canton of Basel-city attention. It invited the unemployed to an Information event on job opportunities in Germany. "Living in Switzerland – Working as a frontier worker in Germany," was the invitation.

the Swiss is to search beyond the border to work? The scratches on the Pride, finally, Switzerland is considered to be employment miracle in a of high unemployment - stricken Europe.

But the self-image that no longer matches already no longer quite the reality. The unemployment rate, calculated by the state Secretariat for economic Affairs, is 2.4 percent, while impressive low. And you have fallen to the lowest level in the past ten years. In April, 107'298 people were at the Regional employment centres as unemployed are recorded. The are a third less than in January 2017. The Swiss labour market seems to be close to full employment.

Switzerland falls from rank 5 to rank 18 back

But the real unemployment is much higher. Because the Secretariat of state for economy, only the persons registered at employment centers as unemployed. Not people looking for work are included, without being registered at an employment office, for example, workers who have given of themselves out of shame, not the employment office or the job search in frustration. Not even those people who were controlled according to the maximum duration of unemployment benefit are taken into account – in the past year, more than 35'000 people were.

statistics also is not the young people who have not worked long enough to receive unemployment benefits, self-employed, have lost their purchase, and job seekers engaged in a between merit without permanent employment or in a programme for the temporary employment go in a training or retraining are.

The lack of statistics suitable for international comparison little. The statisticians prefer to use the unemployment rate. This shows the unemployment according to the Definition of the International labour organization (ILO), a Geneva-based specialized Agency of the UN . For 130'000 telephone interviews with the Swiss and the foreign permanent resident population are carried out annually. So people are recorded, the work, without being registered at an employment office. This unemployment rate according to ILO is 4.9 percent, as the Federal statistical office reported on Thursday. In this way, Switzerland can Shine in the international comparison.

Among the countries of the Organisation for economic co-operation and development (OECD) ends up in Switzerland just in the middle: rank 18 out of 36.

she fell back. Five years ago, she was on rank 5 in the OECD countries. Only South Korea, Norway, Japan and Mexico reported at the time, a lower unemployment rate. However, it is not so, that the rate would be in this country increased. Rather, the other countries have to catch up quite a bit. The average unemployment rate in the OECD fell in 2014, from 7.6 to 5.3 percent. Switzerland is the only Central mass.

a number of countries there are now better, including the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and the UK. You all have been able to reduce unemployment in recent years. Austria has overtaken Switzerland. The latter is stagnant, because of the structural change of sacrifices.

The strength of the Swiss franc causes the companies to lay with simple requirements to cheaper foreign countries. Poorly qualified, Elderly and foreigners with inadequate training and language skills after a job loss more and more problems to find a job.

number of long term unemployed has risen sharply

According to the Basel labour market economists, George Sheldon are about qualified 40 percent of the unemployed are low. For them, there is increasingly less work. Although have been created in the past years, more than disappeared. But the new Jobs require higher qualifications.

Sheldon has developed a leading indicator for the unemployment, noting that the duration of unemployment increases. The unemployed take longer to find a new job. In a recent survey commissioned by the staffing company Robert Half 60% of the respondents stated that today it is harder than five years ago, to find a suitable Job.

The so-called natural level of unemployment – the proportion of unemployment, will no longer disappear, even in high economic – has obviously increased. The number of long-term unemployed, who have for over a year, no body is increased according to the Federal office for statistics on about 90'000. Ten years ago, there were only 54'000.

On Wednesday, the Federal Council introduced a range of measures in the fight against unemployment. The domestic labour force potential is to be promoted, older workers are especially protected.

Although Switzerland is relegated in the OECD, 13 places: Dramatically your situation. The employment in this country is high. There is a larger proportion of the working-age population is involved in the labour market as in almost all other countries. In addition, in Switzerland there are comparatively few bad earner.

From the Successes of many OECD countries in the fight against the unemployment benefits ultimately to Switzerland. The better these are, the more profitable the Swiss export industry and the lower the level of immigration in the Swiss labour market. How tough this really is, it will show in the next economic crisis. The official unemployment rate of the state Secretariat for economic Affairs is expected to rise again soon, as the latest leading indicator of George Sheldon suggests.


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Created: 19.05.2019, 00:20 Uhr

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