Austria - Unemployment analysed - December 31, 2015

According to statistics published by the employment service (AMS), the number of long-term unemployed persons in the country has nearly tripled in the last twelve months. At the end of November 2014, there were 16,447 people out of work for more than a year. Since then, the number has increased by 191 percent (up to 47,845 people). Overall employment statistics also indicate an increase, with a total of 430,107 people out of work by November 2015. Older workers are particularly affected, with an increase of 13.5 percent among those over 50 years of age. Youth unemployment decreased slightly; employers are switching to younger and less experienced people to save costs.


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