2nd quarter 2020: number of persons in employment fell by 1.6%, unemployment rate based on the ILO definition rose to 4.6%

Neuchâtel, 20.08.2020 - The number of employed persons in Switzerland fell by 1.6% (–82 000) between the 2nd quarter 2019 and the 2nd quarter 2020. Furthermore, the actual weekly hours per employed person declined by 9.5%. During the same period, the unemployment rate as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) rose from 4.2% to 4.6% in Switzerland and from 6.6% to 6.9% in the EU. These are some of the results from the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS).

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