Switzerland - Unemployment

Switzerland: Unemployment

Mnemonic LBU.ICHE
Unit NSA
Monthly 1.51 %
Data Aug 2020 151,111
Jul 2020 148,870

Series Information

Source State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) - Switzerland
Release Unemployment
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/1976
End Date 8/31/2020

Switzerland: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Unemployment Aug 2020 151,111 148,870 NSA Monthly
Unemployment Rate Aug 2020 3.3 3.2 Percent, NSA Monthly
Primary Industries Employment 2020 Q1 127.4 120.41 Ths. #, NSA Quarterly
Secondary Industries Employment 2020 Q1 1,065 1,071 Ths. #, NSA Quarterly
Real Wages & Salaries 2019 106.8 106.22 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

Unemployment count and rate by age and NACE industry. For Switzerland and its NUTS 3 areas. 

The classification is NOGA 2002 (NACE Rev. 1), changed to NOGA 2008 (NACE Rev. 2) in 2016.

The IMF writes:

The definition of unemployed includes all persons registered with a regional placement office who are without work and immediately available for employment (as a rule, within 30 days) and who are looking for work. All job seekers between the ages of 15 and 65 are taken into account. No category of foreigner is excluded.


  • Industrial coverage: All industries are covered.
  • Occupational coverage: All occupations are covered.
  • Geographical coverage: The whole country is covered.
  • Population coverage: All job seekers (registered unemployed and not unemployed) between the ages of 15 and 65. No segment of the population is excluded.
    • The statistics include unemployed persons as well as persons who are not unemployed but have registered with a regional placement office and are looking for a new job, according to the following definitions:
    • Registered unemployed persons: all registered job-seekers who are without work and immediately (as a rule within 30 days) available for employment.
    • Registered persons who are not unemployed: all registered job seekers who are either not immediately available for work or who already have a job. The following distinctions are made in this context:
      1. persons in programmes of temporary employment
      2. persons in retraining or further training programmes
      3. persons with an interim source of income
      4. others seeking work who are not unemployed.
  • Topical coverage: For registered unemployed, the data is broken down as follows:
    • By region (part of the country, canton and local authority); by sex; by nationality (Swiss, foreign); by age group (15-19, 20-24, ..., 55-59, over 60); by employment status (fully or partially unemployed); by length of unemployment (1-6 months, 7-12 months, > 1 year); by employment situation (previously gainfully employed, first-time job seeker, re-entering the labor market, retraining/further education).
    • For registered job seekers, the data is broken down as follows: by region (canton), and employment situation (by persons in temporary employment programs; by persons in retraining/further education; by persons with interim earnings; and, by other not unemployed job seekers).

The data are final when first released and are not subject to revision.