Press release: 12.456
Labour Force Projection 2020: share of the labour force in the total population declines
"The labour market is becoming increasingly older and more female. Rising labour force participation of women and people on the threshold of retirement age is responsible for this, counteracting the decline in the 15- to 64-year-old population. However, the share of the labour force in the total population is declining from 51.8% in 2019 to 47.3% in 2050. In addition, the ratio of the labour force to those of retirement age is changing significantly: while there are three people in the labour force for every retired person today, there will be only two by 2040. This will put funding pressure on pay-as-you-go systems such as pensions and health care," explains Statistics Austria Director General Tobias Thomas.
Strong growth in labour force in Vienna, declines expected in Carinthia
Vienna, the federal capital, can expect the strongest population growth of all federal states. Unlike in the other federal provinces, the Viennese working-age population will increase significantly as a result of immigration. Accordingly, the labour force will increase by 8.7% until 2050 and by 11.8% until 2080. From 2022 onwards, Vienna's labour force will amount to more than 1 million people. In all other federal states, the labour force will decline or stagnate in the future.
Carinthia has to reckon with a shrinking population, especially of working age. The increasing labour force participation cannot compensate for the declines in the Carinthian basic population. Accordingly, in Austria's southernmost province the labour force will decline the most, by 14.4% by 2050 and finally by 17.7% by 2080. In Styria, the labour force will decrease by 7.1% by 2050 and by 8.4% by 2080. The province of Salzburg has to expect a decline of 4.5% by 2050 and 5.5% by 2080. In Burgenland the decline is projected to be 3.5% by 2050, and in 2080 the labour force will be 2.2% lower than in 2019, the base year of this forecast.
After slight short-term increases, the labour force
in Vorarlberg will be 2.8% lower in
2050 and 3.7% lower in 2080 than in 2019. In Tyrol,
the labour force will first remain constant, but will decline by 2.3%
by 2050 and by 3.0% by 2080. The decline in Upper Austria
will be 2.1% by 2050 and 2.2% by 2080. In Lower Austria,
the projected labour force remains relatively constant over the entire
projection period (2050:
For more detailed information please refer to the German press release on the labour force projection.
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