Switzerland - Unemployment Rate

Switzerland: Unemployment Rate

Mnemonic LBR.ICHE
Unit %, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Data Feb 2023 2.1
Jan 2023 2.2

Series Information

Source State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) - Switzerland
Release Unemployment (subnational, M)
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/1976
End Date 2/28/2023

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

For Switzerland, unemployment count and rate (for canton (NUTS 3) areas), with additional detail (age, NACE industry) for the country.


  • Classification: NOGA 2008, the local version of NACE Rev. 2
  • Measurements:
    • Unitary count (#)
    • Percent (%)
  • Adjustments:
    • Seasonally adjusted (SA)
    • Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequency: Monthly
  • Start dates:
    • As early as 1976m1
    • Uniformly 1983m1 for cantons
  • Geo coverage:
    • Country
    • Canton/NUTS 3 (all 26 ICHE_^^^)
  • Concept-geo pairs:
    • 2 concepts for NUTS 2 areas
    • 100 concepts for country


  • NOGA 2002 - 2004m1 to 2009m5 ("_N02")

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).

No. The data are final when first released and are not subject to revision.

Geo structure

Ticino and Zurich are conterminous at the NUTS 2 and 3 levels, i.e., ICHE_TICI=ICHE_TIC and ICHE_ZURC=ICHE_ZUR. The other five NUTS 2 areas are not banked.

Further reading

At IMF (SDDS Plus):