Statistics on the labour market provide information
about labour force supply and demand. Statistics on the labour force
supply subdivide the population according to activity status (economically
actives, economically inactives). Basically, results on employment and
unemployment are available according to two different definitions: the
ILO Concept, which can be used for international comparisons, and national
definitions (employment that is subject to social insurance contributions
and which is registered at the Main Association of Austrian Insurance
Institutions, or unemployed persons who are registered at the Austrian
Public Employment Service). Data for international comparisons is based
on the Labour Force Survey which is part of the micro-census.
Statistics on job vacancies started
in the first quarter of 2009. It provides information on vacancies in
Austria on an international comparable dimension.
Apart from society’s interest in the situation and
the development of the labour market, labour market data and analyses
also form the basis for decisions on labour market policy. An EU-wide
harmonised database on labour market policy in the member states aims
to evaluate labour market policies at European level.