Unemployed based on ILO definition

In the 1st quarter 2024, 216 000 persons were unemployed in Switzerland as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), i.e. 7 000 more than one year previously. These unemployed persons represented 4.3% of the economically active population, i.e. a slightly higher percentage than that observed in the 1st quarter 2023 (4.2%). After correction for seasonal variations, the unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage points compared with the previous quarter, rising from 4.2% to 4.1%.

Unemployment based on the ILO definition affects women (4.3% in 2023) more often than men (3.8%) and persons of foreign nationality (6.5%) more often than Swiss nationals (3.1%). Young people (15-24 years) are also much more affected by unemployment (7.9%) than other age groups (25-39 years: 3.9%; 40-54 years: 3.5%; 55-64 years: 3.4%).

In 2023, the number of long-term unemployed as per the ILO definition (1 year or more) was 73 000, which was a decrease compared with 2022. Persons unemployed for 1 year or more represented 1.4% of the economically active population or 35.8% of the total number of unemployed based on ILO definition.

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