Economic activity rate

The economic activity rate expresses the percentage of economically active persons (employed persons and unemployed based on the ILO definition) in the reference population. In other words, the proportion of the population which offers its services on the labour market.

There are different economic activity rates:

  • the gross economic activity rate calculated for the total population
  • the standardised economic activity rate calculated for the population aged 15 and over
  • and the net economic activity rate calculated for the population aged 15 to 64.

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Economic activity rate

Percentage of economically active persons in the reference population

Labour market status, employment status

Self-employed, family workers, employees, apprentices, unemployed based on ILO definition, economically inactive persons

Educational level

Links to education indicators

Economically active population scenarios

Future economically active population trend and economic activity rates for 2015-2045 period

Dynamics of the economically active population: arrivals, departures, migrations

Movements on the labour market and migration of economically active persons

Economically active persons by canton, districts, cities

Labour market status and activity status by canton


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