|Unemployment Rate||Jan 2021||3.7||3.5||Percent, NSA||Monthly|
|Primary Industries Employment||2020 Q3||139.5||142.5||Ths. #, NSA||Quarterly|
|Secondary Industries Employment||2020 Q3||1,053||1,041||Ths. #, NSA||Quarterly|
|Real Wages & Salaries||2019||106.8||106.22||2010 = 100, NSA||Annual|
|Labor Force Employment||2016 Q4||5,080||5,051||Ths.||Quarterly|
|Total Employment||2016 Q4||5,080||5,051||Ths.||Quarterly|
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.
Prior to 2010, the SLFS consisted of a sample of about 50,000 persons, however, from 2010 on, that sample size was increased to 126,000 interviews annually. 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).
Employed persons - All persons aged 15 and older who worked at least one hour for payment, were temporarily absent from their work but still have a job, or who worked in a family business without payment during the reference week.
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.
Please note that 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.
Data is subject to revision.
For more information, please visit the SFSO at https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/de/home/statistiken/arbeit-erwerb.html