Employment and working hours

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Labour market indicators

Labour market indicators for 2019

Labour market indicators for 2019. Comments on findings for the period 2013-2019

SLFS 2018 in Brief

SLFS 2018 in Brief

The SLFS in Brief informs a wide audience of the main indicators of the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS). The brochure provides information on the Swiss labour market with international comparisons (current or past employment, Swiss and foreign labour, unemployment and underemployment, retirement and working life…).

Employment and working hours

According to economic theory, individuals or households supply their services to the labour market (labour supply) and businesses demand such services (labour demand). The labour supply (economically active persons) comprises employed persons and unemployed persons; labour demand is comprised of jobs (filled jobs) and vacant posts.

The indicators presented here are intended to provide an overview of the population's participation in the labour market (economically active population, employed persons and working hours). Jobs and vacant posts are dealt with in topic 6 "Industry and services".

Before looking at our employment indicators, we suggest a brief glance at certain key concepts:

Further information


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Statistical sources and concepts

On this topic

Economically active persons

Economic activity rate, Labour market status, Average age, Educational level, Economically active population scenarios, Dynamics of the economically active population, Economically active persons by canton

Employed persons

Trend, Full-time and part-time, Occupation, Working conditions, Occupational mobility, Swiss and foreign nationals, Cross-border commuters, Employment and retirement, Balancing work and family, Health and work


Indicators on jobs and businesses

Working time

Actual hours worked, Normal hours of work, Overtime, Absences, Holiday leave


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