Neuchâtel, 27.08.2015 (FSO) – In 2014 the Swiss economy registered a growth in gross domestic product (GDP) of 1.9% at the previous year's prices (+1.8% in 2013). Taking a slight decrease in the general price level into account, GDP at current prices grew by 1.2% (2013: +1.7%). Foreign trade strongly contributed to the rise in GDP in 2014 due to sustained growth in exports of goods. Exceptionally the gross national income (GNI) is lower than the GDP due to a negative foreign income balance. These results are taken from initial estimates of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 27.08.2015 (FSO) – Production in the secondary sector declined by 2.5% in 2nd quarter 2015 in comparison with the same quarter a year earlier. Turnover fell by 5.0%. The weak month of June in industry had an adverse effect on quarterly results. These are some of the provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 25.08.2015 (FSO) – In the 2nd quarter 2015 employment rose by 1.2% in comparison with the same quarter a year earlier (+0.4% with previous quarter). Growth was observed in the tertiary sector only (+1.6% in annual comparison), whereas the secondary sector showed a slightly declining tendency (-0.1%). The number of job vacancies fell by 8.3% in comparison with the previous year. The employment outlook indicator (-1.4%) fell slightly in comparison with the same quarter a year earlier. These are some of the findings from the quarterly indicators of the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 21.08.2015 (FSO) – In 2012, almost 2 out of 3 jobs with a gross wage of less than CHF 4000 per month for full-time employment were held by women. According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), in the private sector, the pay gap between the sexes continued to fall gradually, decreasing from 25.0% in 2008 to 21.3% in 2012. 40.9% of the pay gap between men and women in the private sector remains unexplained compared with 38.8% for the public sector.
Neuchâtel, 20.08.2015 (Obsan) – The health of the Swiss population is generally very good. But the health care system is confronted with major challenges in order to best cope with the greatly increasing numbers of chronically ill persons. The National Health Report 2015 outlines constructive measures for optimisation and steps that have already been taken. Furthermore the National Health Report recently published by the Swiss Health Observatory provides an up-to-date picture of the Swiss population's health by evaluating a large number of health-related indicators covering the whole life span.
Neuchâtel, 17.08.2015 (FSO) – Real turnover in the retail sector adjusted for sales days and holidays fell by 0.9% in June 2015 compared with June 2014 (in nominal terms -2.8%). Real, seasonally adjusted turnover in the retail sector rose by 1.4% in June 2015 compared with May 2015 (in nominal terms +1.3%). This is shown by provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Neuchâtel, 13.08.2015 (FSO) – After a relatively stable month of June, the Producer and Import Price Index fell by 0.3% in July 2015 compared with the previous month, reaching 91.3 points (base December 2010 = 100). Prices were lower in particular for petrol and petroleum products as well as for watches and electronic components and circuit boards. Both the Producer Price Index for domestically produced goods (-0.2%) and the Import Price Index (-0.3%) showed a decline. According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the price level of the whole range of domestic and imported products dropped by 6.4% year-on-year.
Neuchâtel, 13.08.2015 (FSO) – According to figures from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the number of employed persons in Switzerland rose by 1.5% between the 2nd quarter 2014 and the 2nd quarter 2015. During the same period, the unemployment rate as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) declined in Switzerland from 4.4% to 4.2%. The EU's unemployment rate based on the ILO definition also decreased from 10.1% to 9.5%.
Neuchâtel, 11.08.2015 (FSO) – According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), Switzerland had just over 54,000 agricultural holdings in 2014 (-2.1% compared with 2013) and a stable utilised agricultural area of around one million hectares. Organic farming continued to grow and has been adopted by more than 11% of holdings.
Neuchâtel, 11.08.2015 (FSO) – In 2013 the number of businesses increased by 2% compared with the previous year. Measured in full-time equivalents, employment increased by 1.1%. These are the latest findings from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).