Vienna unemployment: ‘34.7 percent foreigners’

Vienna unemployment: '34.7 percent foreigners'
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Confidential documents from Vienna’s Employment Service (AMS) have been leaked to the Kronen Zeitung newspaper - revealing that 55.1 percent of unemployed people in Vienna have a migration background, and that every third unemployed person is a foreigner.

The official unemployment figure for Vienna is 107,140 – although 237,524 people reported partial unemployment of "at least one day” this year. 

The average length of unemployment in 2014 was 104 days.

34.7 percent of registered unemployed people are foreigners. However, employment figures have actually risen by 5.9 percent for foreigners in Vienna this year, compared to last year. 

People from Romania and Bulgaria currently make up a large proportion of the labour market in Vienna, with 16,600 people arriving from the two countries since restrictions on them working in the EU were lifted in January, according to the AMS.

Unemployment particularly affects those aged over 50 – for men it has risen by 20 percent and for women by 22.8 percent.

53.5 percent of unemployed people in Vienna have only completed compulsory education.

According to the Kronen Zeitung experts at the AMS are not optimistic about the situation rapidly improving – and said that it was doubtful that migrants would reach the set targets in the special job courses or training sessions provided for them.

Almost half the population of Vienna – 49 percent – has an immigrant background and suffers discrimination in the work market according to Vienna’s Integration and Diversity Monitoring group.

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