Switzerland - Primary Industries Employment

Switzerland: Primary Industries Employment

Mnemonic EPRI.ICHE
Unit Ths. #, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Quarterly 15.41 %
Data 2022 Q3 130.46
2022 Q2 113.04

Series Information

Source Swiss Federal Statistics Office (SFSO)
Release Employment (DE - ETS, EN - ES) - Detailed by industry
Frequency Quarterly
Start Date 6/30/1991
End Date 9/30/2022

Switzerland: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Unemployment Feb 2023 98,452 100,776 #, NSA Monthly
Unemployment Rate Feb 2023 2.1 2.2 %, NSA Monthly
Primary Industries Employment 2022 Q3 130.46 113.04 Ths. #, NSA Quarterly
Secondary Industries Employment 2022 Q3 1,043 1,038 Ths. #, NSA Quarterly
Real Wages & Salaries 2021 107.6 108.43 2010 = 100, NSA Annual
Agriculture Employment 2017 173,023 164,400 # Annual
Labor Force 2016 4,889,215 4,814,298 # Annual
Labor Force Employment 2016 Q4 5,080 5,051 Ths. Quarterly
Total Employment 2016 Q4 5,080 5,051 Ths. Quarterly

Release Information

The Federal Statistical Office (FSO) has conducted the Swiss Labour Force Survey (SLFS) annually since 1991 (during Q2) with the goal of obtaining data about working life and the labour market in general. It also provides insight into living conditions of unemployed, retired, housewives and house husbands as well as students.

The SLFS addresses professional activity (present or past), reasons why people are economically inactive (retirement, training /education, etc.), profession learnt and profession exercised, working conditions: hours worked, night work, weekend work, professional revenue, household revenue, job hunting and professional and geographical mobility.

The Employment Survey (ES) is complementary.

From 2010, the SLFS has taken place quarterly in order to produce quarterly indicators. Survey participants are interviewed four times over a period of one and a half years. An interviewer from the commissioned institute contacts the households by phone and conducts an initial interview taking approximately 20 minutes. The three subsequent interviews take about 10 minutes each. The SFSO selects addresses to interview by randomly selecting private telephone numbers, including numbers not available to the general public. Since 2003, the sample has also included a sample of foreigners drawn from the Central Information Service on Migration (CISM).

The SLFS was conducted using a sample of approximately 50,000 persons during the second quarter of 2009. Since then, approximately 126,000 interviews are conducted each year. The addresses used in the SLFS are selected from private telephone numbers. 

The source defines "employed persons" as all persons aged 15 and over who, during the reference week:

  • worked at least one hour for payment
  • or who, although temporarily absent from their work (due to illness, holidays, maternity leave, military service, etc.) had a job (either in an
  • employed or self-employed capacity) or who worked in the family business without payment
  • Sample size and design: The sample size is 66,000 employment units, i.e. approximately 16 percent of the total number of units in the country, covering approximately 60 percent of the total number of jobs. The survey is conducted on a sample of business units stratified by NACE (2 DIGITS) regions (NUTS2) and business size classes. All employment units in the largest size classes are included in the sample, while smaller units are selected randomly. Most large companies from the private and public sectors provide exhaustive information for all their employment units. The response rate ranges between 85 percent and 91 percent.
  • Estimation method: The number of jobs is estimated using a weighting model (with individual weights computed for each observation) and a benchmark level obtained through the Business register. Using a bottom-up approach, the total numbers of jobs are estimated separately for all strata (sex, occupation level, regions, sizes classes) and then aggregated over strata.

Unemployed persons - people between the ages of 15 and 74 who were available for work but were not employed during the reference week or were actively looking for works during the previous month.

This definition of unemployment differs from that of SECO (Switzerland's State Secretariat for Economic Affairs). As such, unemployment totals for the SLFS and SECO do not match. 

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