Vienna. The number of unemployed is decreasing. Not dramatically fast, but still. At the end of August, 344,651 people were unemployed, with an unemployment rate that was 0.7 percentage points lower than a year ago (8 percent in absolute figures). But Austria is one of the top spots in the EU, once occupied by Austria with the lowest unemployment rate, while Austria is only in tenth place.
The government wants to change that and yesterday announced an "employment stop" that should reduce the number of unemployed by 100,000. The meeting will take place just before or just after the conference of EU Heads of State or Government on 20 September in Salzburg.
Concrete projects called coalition representatives on Sunday do not. There should be about three main themes: solutions for 32,000 unemployed registered young people under the age of 25, 30,000 unemployed who are registered as asylum beneficiaries and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, as well as those in the minimum income class. They should, as the government had announced before the summer, learn German to be better placed on the labor market. If you do not have sufficient language skills, you must lower the minimum income.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP), Deputy Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ), Minister for Economic Affairs Margarete Schramböck (ÖVP), Minister for Social Affairs Beate Hartinger-Klein (FPÖ), representatives of the social partners and companies will participate in the "work meeting". Schramböck and Hartinger-Klein will discuss and develop solutions beforehand.
Huge shortage of skilled workers
Whether or not this would include a tightening of the reasonableness regulations for the unemployed and the new unemployment benefit scheme, no one could or did not want to say yesterday.
Among other things, the government has discussed access to the assets of the unemployed for months. Internally there are fierce debates and so far no clear line. The government program also plans to make the unemployment benefit degressive: the longer one is unemployed, the lower the benefits should be. The reasonableness rules for the unemployed also need to be tightened, including travel time to the workplace.
Currently the Employment Service (AMS) has reported about 80,000 jobs that are immediately available. That is the highest value ever achieved. According to a study conducted by the Federal Economic Chamber, 162,000 skilled workers are sought throughout Austria. That was much more than he had accepted, said chamberlain Harald Mahrer. The shortage of skilled workers is already noticeable for 87 percent of the companies, the survey showed. (RIE)
("Die Presse", printed edition, 10.09.2018)