January 2021 unemployment and job cuts Zurich Switzerland

January 2021 Unemployment Update

Registered unemployed figures for January 2021 from the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

What was the total number of people unemployed in January 2021 in Switzerland?

According to surveys by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) a total of  169,753 unemployed persons were registered with the Regional Employment Centres (RAV) at the end of January 2021.

The increase of unemployed persons registered with the regional employment centres (RAV) was up by 6,208 on December 2020.

What was the unemployment rate in Switzerland in January 2021 as compared to December 2020?

The registered unemployment rate in Switzerland in January 2021 was 3.7% up by 0.2% on the rate of 3.5% in December 2020 to 3.7%.

How did the number of people unemployed in Switzerland in January 2021 compare to 12 months earlier in January 2020?

There was a significant increase in the number of people unemployed in January 2021 as compared with January 2020 in Switzerland.

The increase in the number of registered unemployed  people was 48,735 people, up by 40.3% on the number unemployed in the month of Jan 2020.

What was the youth unemployment situation in January 2021

Youth unemployment (15-24 year olds) increased by 72 people on December 2020 figures a rise of 0.4% resulting in 17,766 registered as unemployed.

This represented an increase of 5,169 people (+41.0%) on the number of registered unemployed in January 2020.

What was the over 50 years old unemployment total and rate in January 2021?

The total number of 50 to 64 year olds in January 2021 which were registered unemployed was 47,515 which was an increase of 1,985 people as compared to December 2020. An increase of 4.4% month on month. 

When compared to January 2020, the number of people aged 50 to 64 registered unemployed increased by 13,365 people or 39.1%.

These figures come with a big disclaimer as they do not include those people “off the register” using personal or family finances to replace RAV benefits and aid.

What was the total number of registered job seekers looking for work in Switzerland in January 2021?

A total of 261,499 jobseekers were registered at the end of January 2021, which was 1,181 more than December 2020.

Year on Year, this number for January 2021 increased by 67,266 people up +34.6% on January 2020. The figure includes those claiming social support and others not registered at the regional employment office and receiving RAV support.

How many job vacancies were registered at the RAV employment office in Switzerland in January 2021?

The number of vacancies which are registered with the RAV increased by 7,715 to 32,941 jobs in January 2021 of which 21,684 jobs were subject to compulsory advertising and reporting as per regulated job type (Please see comment above and use of check-up tool).

How many people were registered as unemployed in Zurich in January 2021? 

The number of registered unemployed in Zurich in January 2021 totalled 30,756 which was 18.1% of the total for Switzerland in the month of January 2021.

This compares to the December end of year registered unemployed total for:

  • Dec 2108 – 18,228 
  • Dec 2019 – 26,155
  • Dec 2020 – 29,828

What was the unemployment rate in Zurich in January 2021? 

The unemployment rate increased by 0.1% to 3.6%. The unemployment rate for Zurich has trended upwards since 2018 according to SECO from 2.1% to 3.6% comparing the last 3 years below:

  • January 2021 – 3.6%
  • December 2020 – 3.5%
  • December 2019 – 3.1%
  • December 2018 – 2.1%
As one of the most populated areas of Switzerland, Zurich is often tracking the national unemployment averages and rates. 

How many people are supported and employed in the Kurzarbeit or short-time working scheme in Switzerland because of the COVID-19 pandemic? 

The latest release by SECO on short-time working was dated end of November 2020. 

In November 2020, there were 296,592 persons on the short-time working scheme. This was an increase of 77,204 or +35.2% on the number of working people affected in October 2020.

The number of small businesses and companies affected by the pandemic and making a claim increased by 11,458 or 50.1% to 34,311 when compared to the previous month. 

How many people are no-longer able to claim unemployment benefits in Switzerland?

According to the data supplied and not ratified by SECO in the last report dated November 2020, the number of people who had exhausted their right to unemployment benefits was 2,195 people during November 2020.

January 2021 Employment and Job News Update For Switzerland

Which job titles and roles or types of employment are controlled in Switzerland?

On 1 January 2021, a new list of occupation types that have to be registered and are subject to control came into effect. 

The Check-Up 2021 is now the new web tool which can be used to check jobs on the new list and will tell you if you must register the open position from 1 January 2021. 

English language job titles are NOT supported.

The tool is simply a guide and if in doubt call your local RAV – unemployment office. 

The relevant regional employment centre (RAV) then checks if the job you are offering is subject to the registration requirement. It will depend upon the actual requirements and tasks of the role.

It appears many of the roles controlled include those where an L permit were required. Examples include call centre staff, actors, farm workers and others.  

To use the webtool and visit Check-Up 2021 >>

12/1/2021 – UBS to close 44 of its 239 branches in Switzerland

Read more on SwissInfo.ch in English

UBS Switzerland director Axel Lehmann was quoted as saying “In the past year, over-the-counter transactions in UBS branches fell by 10%. It’s like small village grocery shops, which it’s not possible to keep running when clients shop online or go to big supermarkets.”

13/1/2021 – Zurich airport cancels new terminal project and expansion plans until further notice.

In the press statement covering cargo carrying growth boom and passenger loss record for the year – please View Here

In 2020, Zurich Airport was host to a total of 8’341’047 passengers, representing a year-on-year decrease of 73.5%.

The number of local passengers fell by 71.7% to 6.3 million in 2020.

The transfer passenger share decreased from 29.3% in 2019 to 24.2% in 2020 as the number of transfer passengers at Zurich Airport fell by 78.2% to 2.0 million.

The average number of passengers per flight fell from 129.6 to 103.0. This was supported by a 66.2% decrease in seat supply and a 17.1 percentage point decrease in seat load factor to 61.2%.

Overall, there were 111’328 flight movements at Zurich Airport in 2020, corresponding to a decrease of 59.6% compared to previous year’s figure.

There was a 35.6% decrease in freight volume in 2020 versus 2019.

During the year under review, a total of 291’163 tons of freight passed through Zurich Airport.

The freight volume fell significantly less than the number of passengers and the number of flight movements.

In addition, the number of pure cargo flights at Zurich Airport increased by 2,130 flight movements compared to 2019 to its highest level ever.

SWITZERLAND – Adecco group reports the Swiss job market index falls 15% in Q4

Companies in Switzerland advertised 15% fewer jobs in the fourth quarter of 2020 when compared to the same period last year, according to the Adecco Group Swiss Job Market Index conducted by the Swiss Job Market Monitor from the University of Zurich.

Monica Dell’Anna, CEO of the Adecco Group Switzerland, said the first wave of the pandemic and subsequent, wide-ranging precautionary measures had a big impact on many companies, leading to a Swiss-wide fall in the number of job ads.

Dell’Anna added that the number of job advertisements has increased again by 8% to the end of the 4th quarter of 2020.

Job offers in the Greater Zurich area had the greatest fall with a decrease of 23%.

Across all regions, the largest decrease compared to the previous year was seen in engineering and IT jobs (-25%).

Many jobs in the engineering and IT group are advertised by companies from economically sensitive and export-orientated industries; these were particularly impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

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