In 2018, a quarter of people living in Switzerland said they had experienced discrimination or violence. Most victims said their nationality was the reason for discrimination. Most discrimination takes place at work.
The number of employed persons in Switzerland rose by 0.8% between the 4th quarter 2017 and the 4th quarter 2018. During the same period, the unemployment rate as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) increased slightly by 0.1 percentage points to 4.6%.
In 2017 net expenditure on social assistance in the narrow sense – also called economic social assistance – rose in nominal terms by 3.4% to CHF 2.8 billion. Year-on-year change thus remained at the level of recent years.
What is the situation of occupational pensions in Switzerland? Our new graph of the week summarises pension fund trends in an index showing total assets, benefits paid out and recipients for the years 2008 to 2017.
The structural survey is a component of the Population Census and complements information obtained from registers with additional statistics on the structure of the population. In this survey, part of the population fill in a written questionnaire.