Covid-19: working hours fell by 9.5% in the 2nd quarter 2020

Neuchâtel, 29.09.2020 - Despite the relaxation of protective measures against the coronavirus on 11 May 2020, the labour market was strongly impacted in the 2nd quarter 2020. Compared with the 2nd quarter 2019, effective weekly working hours per employed person fell by 9.5%. The accommodation and food service activities sector saw the greatest decline in working hours (–54.1%). During the 2nd quarter 2020, almost one in two employees worked at home at least occasionally, a sharp increase compared with the previous year. These are some of the results of the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS).

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