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Employment rises, especially in health care

There has been an increase in employment in Switzerland compared with the third quarter of 2009, according to figures from the Federal Statistics Office.

In the past year the number of people with jobs has gone up by one per cent overall, the Statistics Office announced in its third quarter employment report on Thursday.

While the secondary sector (production and construction) shows very slight growth at 0.3 per cent, employment in the third sector (administration and services) is up 1.3 per cent.

As with the previous quarter, all short-term employment outlook indicators show a positive trend for the next quarter.

Meanwhile, the healthcare sector in particular is experiencing even stronger growth. It increased by 2.6 per cent per year between 2001 and 2008. During that same time period, total employment in the national economy went up by 1.2 per cent.

Over this seven-year period, the healthcare sector grew by 90,000 jobs and in 2008 it represented about 542,000 employed people – the majority of them working in hospitals and other medical institutes. The sector accounts for nearly 13.5 per cent of total employment.

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