Underemployment, potential labour force, NEET

Labour force potential

In the 3rd quarter of 2022, the untapped labour force potential in Switzerland comprised 712 000 persons, made up of 232 000 who were underemployed, 212 000 who were ILO unemployed and 268 000 persons who were part of the potential additional labour force (i.e. actively looking for work, but not immediately available, or vice-versa). The percentage of women was 61,1%.

Shortage of work

In the 3rd quarter of 2022, 9.0% of economically active persons in Switzerland were affected by shortage of work. The work shortage rate consists of the underemployment rate (4.7%) and the unemployment rate based on the ILO definition (4.3%). The additional volume of work wished for by these persons corresponded to a total of 248 000 full-time equivalents (underemployed persons: 76 000 full-time equivalents; ILO unemployed persons: 172 000 full-time equivalents). At 12.1%, the work shortage rate of women is twice as high as that of men (6.4%).

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