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Unemployment aid could be better coordinated

Switzerland could do a better job of coordinating its unemployment aid, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

In a study published on Thursday, the OECD found that Switzerland had an efficient labour market policy with generous transfer payments and relatively high spending for its unemployment measures.

Yet the study recommended that the federal government do more to optimise the efforts of the cantonal placement offices and the individual employment agencies.

The study also pointed out that while unemployment in Switzerland was relatively low – 3.7 per cent in September – the number of long-term unemployed (12 months or more) was surprisingly high at 30 per cent of total unemployment in 2009.

The report is part of a larger OECD project looking into labour market policies around the world.

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