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Unemployment in tourism: situation in Tyrol "dramatic" | Tiroler Tageszeitung Online

Unemployment in tourism: situation in Tyrol “dramatic” | Tiroler Tageszeitung Online

Die Wintertourismus-Sperre trifft in Tirol am härtesten. Österreichweit waren rund 78.000 Tourismus-Arbeitskräfte ohne Job.

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Vienna – The corona-related failure of the winter tourism season continues to burden the labor market. Most recently, around 78,000 people in the catering and hotel industries were out of work. Tyrol is particularly badly affected. At the end of February, the number of unemployed and training participants across Austria was 27 percent higher than in the previous year. 508,923 people were unemployed or in AMS training, that is 109,564 more than in February 2020. Compared to the previous month, there were 26,500 fewer people affected.

In the past few weeks, the end of the lockdown has had a positive effect on retail and body-friendly service providers. At the end of January, 535,470 people were still unemployed. The peak was in mid-April 2020 with 588,000 unemployed and AMS training participants. The unemployment rate in Austria was 10.7 percent at the end of February, 2.6 percentage points higher than in the previous year, the Ministry of Labor announced in a broadcast on Monday. In February 2019, the unemployment rate was 8.4 percent.

State of Tyrol reports 11 percent unemployed and announces support

The state of Tyrol reported an unemployment rate of around 11 percent at the end of February. However, due to the initial relaxation, 2768 Tyroleans have been able to find employment since the end of January. “The tourism destination of Tyrol is much more affected by lockdowns, including closed restaurants and hotels, than other federal states. The tense situation in these sectors will only ease through openings, which cannot be foreseen at the moment. In order to stop the negative trend on the labor market, we have to the number of infections is reduced to the lowest possible level, ”explains Governor Günther Platter.

Due to the ongoing crisis on the labor market, the state of Tyrol would like to support the employees with a total of around 22.4 million euros this year. With these funds, the standard programs as well as the Covid-19 support measures are to be continued and expanded. “We want to support all those who have to accept restrictions in their work due to the Corona crisis or who have even lost their job with the labor market programs of the state of Tyrol. We don’t leave anyone alone, ”promises State Labor and Education Councilor Beate Palfrader

The focus should be on those affected in particular, including the long-term unemployed and women. “Here we are working at full speed on further adjustments and additions to existing measures. Furthermore, we are also relying on the quality offensive in apprenticeship training this year, because if enough training places continue to be made available and even more young people decide to do an apprenticeship, we can face a shortage of skilled workers prevent the coming years ”, says Palfrader.

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Gastronomy and hotel business on the back burner

Since November 2020, only business trips and spa stays are allowed due to corona, but no private trips. Only food can be picked up in the catering trade. At the end of February, almost 41,000 people in Tyrol were registered as unemployed or in AMS training, an increase of 134.4 percent compared to the same month last year.

There was also a sharp rise in unemployment in Salzburg (+75.4 percent) and Vorarlberg (+48.7 percent). The lowest increase in unemployed and training participants at the end of February compared to February 2020 was in Lower Austria (+13.9 percent), Burgenland (+14.5 percent), Upper Austria (+16.4 percent), and Styria (+20.9 percent) Percent), Vienna (+22.3 percent) and Carinthia (+22.5 percent).

In terms of economic sectors, the hotel and catering trade were once again among the most affected sectors in Vienna. Unemployment there rose by 45.5 percent, in retail by 28.9 percent, in goods production by 17.6 percent and in construction by 14.1 percent.

6.4 billion euros paid out for Corona short-time work

At the end of February, around 496,000 people in Austria were registered for short-time work. According to the Ministry of Labor, around 100,000 people are back in full employment as a result of the opening steps. In total, the Public Employment Service (AMS) has paid out around 6.4 billion euros for Corona short-time work so far. “The February balance shows a slightly positive trend in terms of labor market development,” said Labor Minister Martin Kocher (ÖVP). Around 100,000 job seekers have been placed since the beginning of the year. “The opening steps in retail are showing their effect here,” said Kocher.

AMS board member Johannes Kopf is concerned about the unemployment figures in the tourism industry. “The tourism and gastronomy sectors are still hardest hit. That is why the development in Tyrol is also dramatic,” said Kopf in a written statement. The last year-on-year comparison with a month still free of corona shows how “this terrible disease still has our job market under control”.

When the next monthly unemployment is published, there will be a significantly lower unemployment rate year-on-year. “In March, however, the unemployment figures will fall very significantly compared to the previous year, because the almost complete lockdown of the previous year led to even higher comparative figures,” said Kopf. However, this is not yet a reason to give the all-clear. “Because until the warm weather and the increasing spread of the vaccination bring about a real relaxation, it is necessary to keep your distance and regular testing,” said the AMS boss.

At the end of February, 78,214 people in the hotel and catering industry were without a job, an increase of 99.8 percent compared to the same month last year. The increase in the unemployed and AMS training participants was also high in other sectors, in transport and storage (+38.0 percent), in trade (+26 percent), health and social services (+24.9 percent) and in manufacturing of goods (+21.5 percent). The rise in unemployment was significantly lower in temporary workers (+13.5 percent) and in construction (+11.4 percent).

In Austria, many unemployed people spend a long time looking for a job. The number of long-term unemployed at the end of February was 140,587, an increase of 44.3 percent over the previous year. According to the preliminary forecast, the number of employees fell by 3.4 percent to 3.65 million. The number of immediately available positions fell by 13.2 percent compared to February 2020 to around 65,444. Compared to the end of January 2021, however, there is a positive trend, at that time there were only 58,000 vacancies. (APA, TT.com)

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