Austria - Unemployment

Austria: Unemployment

Mnemonic LBU.IAUT
Unit Ths. #, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 0.81 %
Data 2022 Q4 223.4
2022 Q3 221.6

Series Information

Source Statistics Austria
Release Labor Force Survey
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 3/31/1994
End Date 12/31/2022

Austria: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Real Wages & Salaries Feb 2023 121.1 120.8 Index 2016=100, NSA Monthly
Wage & Salaries Feb 2023 121.6 121.3 Index 2016=100, NSA Monthly
Labor Force Employment 2022 Q4 4,465 4,491 Ths. #, NSA Quarterly
Unemployment 2022 Q4 223.4 221.6 Ths. #, NSA Quarterly
Labor Force 2020 Q4 4,543 4,569 Ths. #, SA Quarterly
Agriculture Employment 2017 196,836 197,190 # Annual
Tertiary Industries Employment 2017 3,199,425 3,178,674 # Annual
Unemployment Rate 2017 5.5 6.01 % of total labor force Annual

Release Information

For Austria, monthly labor force status measures (labor force, employment, etc.), some detail by demographic characteristic (sex, foreign worker), registered unemployment, employment by industry and occupation.

Data are collected by Public Employment Service Austria (AMS) and republished by Statistics Austria.


  • Industry classification: ÖNACE 2008, the adaptation of NACE Rev. 2
  • Measurements:
    • Unitary count of persons (#)
    • Percent (%)
  • Adjustment: Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequency: Monthly
  • Start date: As early as 1950m1
  • Geo coverage:
    • Country
    • NUTS 2 areas (IAUT_^^)


  • Per Statistics Austria, thousands - 2001m1 to 2022m4 ("_22", 8 series)
  • Unemployment rate - 2001m1 to 2021m4 ("_21", 1 series)
  • Wages by industry - 2004 to 2007

The source writes:

The results presented are data of the "European Labour force survey" which in Austria is conducted in the framework of a micro census. The micro census is a sample survey addressing about 1 500 households per week with its questionnaires. The European Labour Force Survey takes place in all member states of the European community. It gathers standardised information from randomly selected private households, institutional households remain out of account. Subsequently, these data are projected to the relative population number. National legal foundation is the Erwerbs- und Wohnungsstatistikverordnung/Regulation on purchasing and housing statistics/ 2010 - EWStV 2010, FLG II, no. 111/2010.

The data presented are projected data from a 0.6% quarterly sample (quarterly average). Data derived from fewer than the projected 8 000 persons are random data characterised in the table by an S. Data from fewer than the projected 4 000 persons cannot be interpreted statistically; in the table, they are characterised by an N. N in the table: Value does not make sense. A hyphen stands for non-existent.

Data on a reporting quarter are available three months after the end of the quarter under review, at the latest.

According to Statistics Austria, the ILO-Concept is based on the recommendations of the International Labour Organization (ILO). It distinguishes between the employed, the unemployed and the inactive population. It is the main concept for internationally comparable labour market statistics.


In 2021, the source implemented "Integrated European Social Statistics (IESS)," impacting the ILO-definition unemployment rate.

Source tables

  • UB400, 13 series from 2017m10
  • UB400, 9 series from 2008m1
  • GÜ000, 2 series from 2003m1
  • GÜ000, 7 series from 2001m1
  • GÜ000, 3 series from 1950m1, LW(QEMT,QUNT,%URT)UM.IAUT
  • GÜ000, 1 series from 1960m1, LWQVJUM.IAUT


Employed (ILO)
Worked at least one hour in the reference week as employee, self-employed or family worker. Or, if not working but had a job or business from which they were absent during the reference week (e.g. holidays or illness), also classified as employed. Persons on parental leave are classified as employed if they have an ongoing job contract and if the leave does not exceed 22 months. Apprentices are classified as employed. Persons on compulsory military or community service are not counted as employed.
Unemployed (ILO)
Persons between 15 and 74 if all three criteria apply:
  • Not employed according to ILO definitions
  • Could start working within two weeks after the reference week
  • Were searching for a job during the reference week and the three weeks before, or who found already a job that starts within the next three months.
Inactive (ILO)
If do not count as employed or unemployed.

Moody's Analytics supplements

We compute aggregates at the NUTS 1 geo level.

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