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Labour market facts and figures

A total of 4,306,000 people were in employment across 2021, of which 2,288,800 were male and 2,017,300 female.


The employment rate for persons aged 15 to 64, i.e. the number of employed persons as a percentage of all persons in this age group, was at 72.4 % on average in 2021.

The part-time employment rate (share of persons working less than 36 hours a week according to information provided by them) amounted to 29.4 %. However, 49.6 % of women and only 11.6 % of men in gainful employment were employed part-time.


On average, in 2021 the number of unemployed people was 331,741. This represents an unemployment rate of 8.0 % (registered unemployed).

The youth unemployment rate (15 to 24 years old) was at 11.0 %, whereas the unemployment rate of elderly people (50 plus) was at 9.1 %.

Non-Austrian citizens were particularly affected by unemployment (11.9 %).

When comparing the provinces, unemployment was highest in Vienna with 12.7 % and lowest in Tirol with 7.5 %.

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