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Indicators of the Austrian Labour Market: an EU-wide Comparison


  • Rainer Eppel


  • Ulrike Famira-Mühlberger


  • Julia Bock-Schappelwein



In an EU-wide comparison, Austria's overall labour market performance is fairly strong. The employment-to-population ratio is high. Unemployment, income inequality, and at-risk-of-poverty rate are at a rather low level. However, while employment stability is high for the core workforce, there is evidence of segmentation as well as persistent unemployment and low-wage employment among some groups of the Austrian labour market. Labour market integration differs greatly by gender, age, education, health status and country of origin. Current challenges include a comparatively low labour force participation rate of older workers, a high gender wage gap, and a large employment gap between mothers and fathers.

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  • Rainer Eppel & Ulrike Famira-Mühlberger & Julia Bock-Schappelwein, 2014. "Indicators of the Austrian Labour Market: an EU-wide Comparison," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 87(11), pages 755-766, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:wfo:monber:y:2014:i:11:p:755-766

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