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Temporary employment in Switzerland rose in Q1 2013 by 40,000 workers, to 1.5 million, compared with 2012, according to the International Labour Office. The under-employment rate, those seeking more work and available at short notice, fell in the first quarter to 6.3%, from 6.6% the year before.
Unemployment, however, increased to 4.6% in Q1 2013 compared with 4.3% in the same period last year. Year-on-year the number of foreign workers in employment increased +2.9%, compared with +1.0% of Swiss.
The unemployment figures increased from 3.9% - 4.6% for those aged 25-49, compared with the same period last year. For those aged 50-64, unemployment fell by -0.3% to 3.3% during the same period. The number of long term unemployed increased from 68,000 in Q1 2012, to 72,000 in Q1 2013.
The number of immigrants, with temporary and permanent visas, fell -0.7% during the period, reflecting the increase in the number of cross border commuters from neighbouring countries.