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Every third employed person in Tyrol has less money due to the crisis |  Tyrolean daily newspaper online

Every third employed person in Tyrol has less money due to the crisis | Tyrolean daily newspaper online

Kurzarbeit, Arbeitslosengeld und Notstandshilfe: Das trifft jeden dritten Erwerbstätigen in Tirol. Die Zahl der Notstandsbezieher steigt.

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Innsbruck – “Nobody knows what will happen in tourism, whether and when guests will come,” says Hans Entner, CEO of the Tyrolean tourism associations and hotelier on Lake Achensee. Employees who are not on short-time work but have been registered as unemployed would now often slip into emergency assistance. “That prompts many to leave the industry,” says Entner. He sees politicians being called upon to ensure that unemployment benefits must be paid out longer. “Many perceive emergency aid as degrading.”

In fact, according to the AMS, around 13,200 applications for emergency assistance were processed in Tyrol in 2020, a year earlier it was 8500. That is an increase of 55 percent. In addition, there were around 94,000 applications for unemployment benefits last year. A plus of 27 percent compared to 2019. “If you add short-time working, every third person in employment in Tyrol has less money available,” says the new Tyrolean AMS boss Alfred Lercher.

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During the pandemic, the federal government made sure that unemployment benefits and emergency assistance are the same. “That will be the case until the end of March. We are currently unclear whether the deadline will be extended, ”says Lercher. The average unemployment benefit in Tyrol is a meager 970 euros per month, the highest at 1800 euros. Those who are entitled must prove that they have had a long employment relationship and get by on 55 percent of their gross annual income. “Many of the savings have now been used up,” says Lercher. 35,000 people are currently registered as unemployed in Tyrol, most of the decline is currently in construction. 640 people have a job there again, according to AMS 205 of 14,000 tourism employees in the hospitality industry. “I don’t see the great migration to other industries.”

Of the 35,000 unemployed, a third, namely 11,570, were receiving emergency aid at the end of the month. “The month before it was even less, namely a quarter.” If the federal government does not extend the deadline, the emergency recipients would receive 92 to 95 percent of the unemployment benefit from April 1st. So even less.

Lercher says that the local workforce would have an advantage when the season kicks off. “You are already in Tyrol while the others have to arrive first.” 60 percent of the tourism employees are foreigners. (aheu)

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