Statistische Nachrichten - Summaries November 2021

Child and Youth Welfare 2020

Results for the provinces

In 2020, a total of 38 489 children and adolescents received educational support while they remained in their families (“Unterstützung der Erziehung”), whereas 12 678 minors were in residential care or lived in foster families (“Volle Erziehung”). The share of male minors was in both support services higher (54%; 53%) than that of female minors. The total expenditure (also including help for young adults) was EUR 702 million. The receipts out of reimbursements by the persons obliged to provide maintenance amounted to EUR 41 million (net expenditure: EUR 661 million). About three quarters of the total expenditure fell upon residential care and foster parents.

Livestock Survey 1 June 2021

With reference day 1 June 2021, the number of pigs was calculated by a regression model, based on data of the Consumer Health Information System, instead of a sample survey conducted directly by holdings as in the years before 2012. Compared to the results of 1 June 2020 the total number of pigs increased by 1.5% to 2 734 000 head. In detail the stock of piglets and young pigs rose by 0.5% to 1.42 million. The number of pigs for fattening increased by 3.1% to 1.08 million and that of pigs for breeding by 0.1% to 234 000. The total stock of cattle (determined by administrative sources since June 2004) increased by 0.1% to 1 846 000 head. In comparison to the previous year the number of young cattle under one year rose by 1.4% to 596 000 head. The stock of cattle aged one to under two years dropped by 0.7% to 413 000 and the group of at least two-year-old cattle declined by 0.4% to 838 000. With regard to the reference day, the number of holdings with cattle fell by 2.5% to 54 400 units within the last year. The average livestock density was 34 head per holding.

CPI of September 2021

The inflation rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI, base year 2020) in September 2021 was 3.3% (August 2021: 3.2%). This was the highest value since November 2011 (3.6%). Expenditures for transport (+9.4% compared to September 2020) proved to be the most important price driver, followed by expenditures for housing, water and energy (+3.9%). The CPI 2020 was at 103.5, while the average price level increased by 0.5% compared to August 2021. The index level of the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP, base year 2015) was 112.22 in September 2021 (August 2021: 111,23 revised) with a harmonised inflation rate at 3.3%. For further in-depth explanation of the general principles and applied computation methods, please refer to the methodological information note on the compilation of the CPI in the context of COVID-19 (discontinued August 2021) in the internet or to the article “Effects of COVID-19 on the calculation of the Consumer Price Index – Information on methodology”.

Construction Cost Index 2020

Revision of the construction branches residential buildings, road and bridge construction and sanitary engeneering

Construction Cost Indices have been compiled by Statistics Austria since 1990 and have a longstanding tradition in Austria. They serve as a basis for the evaluation of contracts with an inflation clause and as a basis for price alignment and are available for construction of residential buildings, construction of roads and bridge construction. According to European and national law, a revision becomes due every five years. The revision in the year 2020 takes account of major changes and trends in the last years such as new construction materials and technologies, an increase of efficiency, new environmental standards and a new description of construction activities. The article describes the revision concept as well as significant changes and shows the new basket of goods (base year 2020).

Gross Domestic Product 2020

This article provides an overview of the recent results of the Austrian national accounts for the year 2020 and explains the major revisions for the years 2017 to 2019. Most of the changes are due to the availability of more recent and detailed business statistics and to the balancing process of supply and use tables. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 6,7% in real terms in 2020, which means a dramatic slump due to the Covid-19-pandemic compared to the previous years (2018: +2,5%; 2019: +1,5%) and even worse than in the financial and economic crisis in 2009 (-3,8%). According to the information so far available, Austrian real GDP growth was slightly weaker than the EU-27 average (-5,9%) and in between of important trading partners such as Germany (-4,6%) and Italy (-8,9%).

Supply and use tables

Importance of SUT for an integrated system of price and volume indices

This article deals with the importance of supply-use tables (SUT) for the creation of a transparent representation of product transactions linked to price indices in national accounts, the integrated system of price and volume indices. The importance of the SUT is based on the integration of the product dimension. Only with that it is possible to adequately assign price indices to transactions. Finally, macroeconomic implicit price indices can be derived from the integrated system of price and volume indices.

Driving Licences in 2020

142 103 driver's licenses were issued in 2020. This corresponds to a decrease of 6% compared to 2019 (151 477) and is the lowest value for the past eight years. With these driver's licenses, 157 246 authorizations to drive different vehicles were acquired, 13 430 (-8%) less compared to 2019 (170 676). More driving authorizations were issued for motorcycles (+9%) and there was also an increase of L17 driving licenses (+2%).