Analyses and trajectories in the social security system

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Statistical report of the social situation in Switzerland

The Statistical report of the social situation describes the main social and economic trends affecting Switzerland as a whole and the different risks people may have to face during their lifetime. It analyses the social protection available to individuals and population groups who are confronted with risks that are insufficiently provided for in Switzerland's social security system.

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Analyses about the social security system

The statistics on trajectories in the social security system show that 713 747 individuals received at least one benefit in the form of a daily unemployment insurance allowance, an invalidity insurance pension or social assistance benefits in 2020. The statistics provide details of the number of recipients and movements between these three social benefit systems.

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Analyses and trajectories: main indicators
Indicator Result Most recent source
Rate of recipients of daily benefits from unemployment insurance, invalidity insurance pensions and social assistance 12.7% SHIVALV 2021
Lone parents with child(ren) under 25 years  4.7%
Structural Survey 2020
Economic activity rate 64.6% SLFS 2020
Unemployment rate based on ILO definition 5.1% SLFS 2021
Disposable equivalised income (median in CHF) 4 159 Household Budget Survey 2018
Proportion of people without qualifications   12.6% SLFS 2021
Social assistance rate 2.9% Social Assistance Statistics 2022
Sources: Population and Households Statistics, Structural Survey, Swiss Labour Force Survey, Household Budget Survey, Social assistance Statistics, Trajectories within the social security system (SHIVALV)

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Analysis of interactions and linkages between unemployment insurance, invalidity insurance and social assistance.

Statistical report of the social situation in Switzerland

The Swiss social statistics report is based on a description of the Swiss social, economic and institutional context.


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