In August 2021, the inflation rate was 3.2% (July 2021: 2.9%). This was the highest value since December 2011 (3.2%). Expenditures for transport (+9.2% compared to August 2020) proved to be the most important price driver, followed by expenditures for housing, water and energy (+3.6%).
The construction cost index (new base 2020) for construction of residential buildings reached 114.4 index points in August 2021. This represents an increase of 14.2% against August 2020. Compared to July 2021, the index increased by 0.6%.
After stagnating or slightly declining student numbers in previous years, the number of students who attended Austrian public universities, universities of applied sciences, university colleges of teacher education and private universities increased significantly by 3.1% in the Corona winter semester 2020/21 compared to the previous winter semester. The increase in the number of female students was 4.0%, the number of male students increased by 2.0%. The number of students with Austrian citizenship rose by 2.6%, the number of foreign students by 4.6%.
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