Monthly unemployment figures (total and rates, not adjusted and seasonally adjusted) are computed and published on a regular basis. Starting with January 2004, time series are updated every month. Monthly unemployment figures are computed with a time lag of one month. Figures of current months are preliminary. Approximately 60 days after the end of a quarter final quarterly data and therewith also final monthly figures are available. Monthly figures are transmitted to Eurostat where they are used for all further purposes, e.g. the Principle European Economic Indicators.
Due to the new EU Framework regulation for the production of European statistics on persons and households (Integrated European Social Statistics - IESS) there are changes for the Austrian microcensus labour force survey and its results regarding employment and unemployment from 2021 onwards. A direct comparison with the results before 2021 is therefore only possible to a limited extent. For more information, please see: FAQ (German only)
These changes, particularly the changes in the definitions of employed and unemployed persons, lead to a break in time series. To simplify comparisons with the past, all monthly figures from January 2004 onwards were revised in order to provide a time series following the new definitions. Also in this context, trend series are replaced by seasonal adjusted series.
Until December 2020 monthly unemployment figures followed international definitions valid until 2020. The series of these totals and rates and the corresponding trend series from 2004 to 2020 can be found in a historical table.
Note: Results are based on data of the LFS which is part of
the Austrian microcensus. The European LFS is conducted in all member
states of the European Union. The LFS includes information on employment,
unemployment and job-seeking. The Austrian microcensus is a sample survey
of private households where every week approximately 1,500 households
are interviewed. Monthly data are projected to the quarterly population
According to the ILO definition, a person is considered to be employed if he or she works for at least one hour during the reference week, or does not work due to holidays, illness, etc. but normally is in employment. A person is considered to be unemployed if he or she is not employed in the above sense, is taking active steps to look for work or has already found a job and will start to work within the next three months, and is able to start working at short notice.
In addition to original monthly data, also seasonally adjusted data are shown.
|Results: Number of unemployed persons and unemployment rates according to ILO definition (from 2021 onwards)|
|Results 2004-2020: Number of unemployed persons and unemployment rates (according to international definitions until 2020)|
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