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Vienna unemployment: ‘34.7 percent foreigners’

Confidential documents from Vienna’s Employment Service (AMS) have been leaked to the Kronen Zeitung newspaper - revealing that 55.1 percent of unemployed people in Vienna have a migration background, and that every third unemployed person is a foreigner.

Vienna unemployment: '34.7 percent foreigners'
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The official unemployment figure for Vienna is 107,140 – although 237,524 people reported partial unemployment of "at least one day” this year. 

The average length of unemployment in 2014 was 104 days.

34.7 percent of registered unemployed people are foreigners. However, employment figures have actually risen by 5.9 percent for foreigners in Vienna this year, compared to last year. 

People from Romania and Bulgaria currently make up a large proportion of the labour market in Vienna, with 16,600 people arriving from the two countries since restrictions on them working in the EU were lifted in January, according to the AMS.

Unemployment particularly affects those aged over 50 – for men it has risen by 20 percent and for women by 22.8 percent.

53.5 percent of unemployed people in Vienna have only completed compulsory education.

According to the Kronen Zeitung experts at the AMS are not optimistic about the situation rapidly improving – and said that it was doubtful that migrants would reach the set targets in the special job courses or training sessions provided for them.

Almost half the population of Vienna – 49 percent – has an immigrant background and suffers discrimination in the work market according to Vienna’s Integration and Diversity Monitoring group.

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ENERGY

Energy costs: Vienna to support 200,000 households with up to €500

The City of Vienna is expanding its group of homes that can receive an energy cost voucher by the end of the year. Here's what you need to know.

Energy costs: Vienna to support 200,000 households with up to €500

Austria’s capital Vienna is expanding a program to subsidise part of the energy bills of around 200,000 eligible households, the City said in a press release.

“Energy costs are difficult for many Viennese to cope with in the current situation. We are helping those who need the support most urgently – and we are doing so in a targeted manner by settling outstanding bills with energy providers”, City Councillor for Social Affairs Peter Hacker said.

The City has already agreed with state-run energy company Wien Energie that, from December 2022 to February 2023, no electricity, gas or heat shutdowns will happen – regardless of any payment issues.

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Now, a group of more vulnerable people can apply for Energy Support Plus to get up to €500 in aid with their energy bills.

The following people can apply online at wien.gv.at for Energy Support Plus: Recipients of Vienna minimum income (Bezieher*innen von Wiener Mindestsicherung), housing assistance (Wohnbeihilfe), AIVG benefits (AIVGLeistungen), a compensatory or supplementary allowance (einer Ausgleichs- oder Ergänzungszulage), GIS-exempt persons and low-income earners (GIS-Befreite und Geringverdienende) who are covered by the cost cap of the Renewable Expansion Act, those entitled to sickness benefit (Krankengeld), rehabilitation benefit (Rehabilitationsgeld), reintegration benefit (Wiedereingliederungsgeld) or transitional allowance (Übergangsgeld).

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Applications can be submitted until December 31st, 2022. The maximum subsidy amount is €500 per household.

The service telephone of the Department for Social Affairs, Social and Health Law, is available at 01/4000-8040 for information and assistance with applications. Wien Energie’s customer service also offers personal assistance with the application process at Spittelau.

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