Neuchâtel, 09.12.2013 (FSO) – According to the Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), in 2012 almost 20% of the population said they were disturbed by noisy neighbours or noise from the street. 13% said they faced problems of dampness in their home. People living in rented dwellings are more likely to be exposed to noise or damp than home-owners. The latter are more likely to be satisfied with their home than tenants.
Neuchâtel, 09.12.2013 (FSO) – According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), real turnover in the retail sector adjusted for sales days and holidays rose by 1.2% in October 2013 compared with October 2012 (in nominal terms -0.2%). Real, seasonally adjusted turnover in the retail sector fell by 0.1% in October 2013 compared with September 2013 (in nominal terms -0.5%).
Neuchâtel, 06.12.2013 (FSO) – The Swiss Consumer Price Index calculated by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) remained unchanged in November 2013 compared with the previous month at 99.1 points (December 2010=100). Compared with the same month in the previous year, the inflation rate was +0.1%, compared with annualised rates of -0.3% in October 2013 and of -0.4% in November 2012.
Neuchâtel, 05.12.2013 (FSO) – According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the Swiss hotel industry registered 2.6 million overnight stays in October 2013, which corresponds to a decrease of 0.5% (-14,000 overnight stays) compared with October 2012. Domestic visitors registered 1.3 million overnight stays, i.e. a decline of 3.3% (-44,000 overnight stays). Foreign visitors recorded 1.4 million overnight stays, representing an increase of 2.2% (+30,000 overnight stays). During the summer tourist season (May to October), 20 million overnight stays were recorded, corresponding to an increase of 3.3% (+642,000 overnight stays) compared with the summer season 2012.
According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), production in the construction sector rose by 0.5% in third quarter 2013 compared with the previous year, turnover increased by 1%.
Neuchâtel, 04.12.2013 (FSO) – According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), industrial production rose by 0.7% in the third quarter 2013 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Turnover rose by 0.8%. Orders received decreased by 2.3% and orders on hand fell by 0.2%.
Neuchâtel, 02.12.2013 (FSO) – On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December, the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) provides new data on the topic of autonomy. Every third person with a disability requires support from relatives, friends or home care services, compared to almost one in ten without a disability. Family and friends provide most of this support. These findings are taken from the Swiss Health Survey 2012 and consider the responses from persons aged 15 to 64.
Neuchâtel, 25.11.2013 (FSO) – According to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the quarterly indicators of the employment barometer show employment growth of 1.2% in the 3rd quarter 2013 compared with the same quarter a year earlier. Whereas employment in the secondary sector fell slightly (-0.3%), the tertiary sector showed a clear rise (+1.7%). Both the number of vacancies (+10.0%) and the employment outlook indicator (+0.3%) increased, while difficulty in recruiting personnel fell compared with the same quarter of the previous year.
Neuchâtel, 22.11.2013 (FSO) – Switzerland's settlement and urban area has increased by 584 km2 over a 24 year period. This is equivalent to the size of Lake Geneva. The increase is mainly at the expense of agricultural areas. The forest expanded in the higher regions while at the same time one quarter of glaciers disappeared. These are the current results of the Swiss Land Use Statistics conducted by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) which are now available for two, twelve-year periods for the first time.
Neuchâtel, 21.11.2013 (FSO) – 83% of Swiss companies said that they supported at least one further training activity followed by their staff in 2011. This percentage varies according to the size of the company and the economic sector in which the companies are active. In a European comparison, Switzerland is one of the countries with the highest number of training companies but is close to the European average in terms of the proportion of employees supported. These results are from the Swiss survey of companies on continuing vocational training that was carried out for the first time in Switzerland by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).