Swiss Labour Force Survey in 3rd quarter 2018: labour supply - 1.2% increase in number of employed persons; unemployment rate based on ILO definition falls to 4.4%

Neuch√Ętel, 15.11.2018 - The number of employed persons in Switzerland rose by 1.2% between the 3rd quarter 2017 and the 3rd quarter 2018. During the same period, the unemployment rate as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) declined by 0.6 percentage points to 4.4%. The EU's unemployment rate decreased from 7.3% to 6.5%. These are some of the results from the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS).

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Last modification 03.10.2018

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