Unemployment in Austria Is Back on the Rise

The Austrian Ministry of labor has again recorded a slight increase in unemployment rates due to a high number of job training participants.

This week, 267,966 people were registered as unemployed, which was 2,771 fewer than the same week in 2019. However, the number of people in job training courses increased by 1,186 to 68,216, which meant there were 336,182 people without work. This was according to the Ministry for Labour on Tuesday. One week ago, 335,058 people were looking for work or in job training courses. The number of short-time work registrations was 63.389.

“Compared with the previous week, joblessness has remained consistent, while the distance to the same week in 2019, ahead of the crisis, has widened”, said Labour Minister Martin Kocher in a statement about unemployment in Austria. “The relatively high number of job training participants can mostly be attributed to the success of the job offensive”.

The original goal of the employment campaign was to counter the threat of post-COVID unemployment in Austria by reaching 100,000 people with training programs by the end of 2022. As of now, 60,000 people completed their training three months ago.

Reported in cooperation with the Austrian Press Agency / APA.

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