-19 pandemic caused a rise in share of
persons in households with low work intensity; social transfers have
a stabilizing effect on household income situation
"Despite the massive economic and employment downturn social consequences of the crisis in 2021 could to a large extent be prevented. Social transfer payments have become a more significant source of income. More than one million people had income mainly from social transfers, such as unemployment or family benefits, in the first year of the COVID 19 pandemic. Those households, however, have less financial leeway than others," says Statistics Austria Director General Tobias Thomas.
In total, in 2021 there were 1 519 000 persons (17.3% of the total population in private households) who were reported to be at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion according to the EU-definitions, meaning they were severely materially and socially deprived or at-risk-of-poverty because of their low household income or they lived in households with very low work intensity, or it was a combination of those three factors.
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