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Registrierte Arbeitslosigkeit im August 2014 - Gemäss den Erhebungen des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft (SECO) waren Ende August 2014 128’434 Arbeitslose bei den Regionalen Arbeitsvermittlungszentren (RAV) eingeschrieben, 1’380 mehr als im Vormonat. Die Arbeitslosenquote stieg damit von 2,9% im Juli 2014 auf 3,0% im Berichtsmonat. Gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat verringerte sich die Arbeitslosigkeit um 1’522 Personen (-1,2%).

In the 2nd quarter 2014 Switzerland’s real gross domestic product (GDP) was unchanged against the previous quarter (0.0%)*. The balance of trade in goods and services made a small negative contribution to GDP growth, with a small positive impetus coming from private household consumption and a neutral contribution from investments (in construction and equipment). On the production side (development of value added by sector) industry, the wholesale sector and financial services (accounting for a total of about 40% of GDP) failed to provide any impetus to growth. Public sector areas also reported no increase in value added. This led to a rise in GDP of 0.6% compared with the 2nd quarter 2013.

At this year's Annual Development Cooperation Conference in Geneva, several speakers including the state secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Yves Rossier, took the floor to stress the dangers that climate change poses to the progress made in the fight against poverty and for sustainable development. Since this is a global phenomenon, the speakers called on all countries of the North and South to develop solutions together to address this major challenge.

In view of the situation in Ukraine, the Federal Council has today decided to take further measures to prevent the circumvention of international sanctions. It has amended the Ordinance of 2 April 2014 on measures to prevent the circumvention of international sanctions in relation to the situation in Ukraine to include the sanctions imposed by the EU in July. The revised ordinance enters into force at 6 pm today.

The Federal Council today held a further discussion on the situation in Ukraine where recent developments give considerable cause for concern. It has decided to extend its current policy and undertake all necessary measures to ensure that the most recent sanctions imposed by the European Union cannot be circumvented via Swiss territory. The Federal Council also decided to widen the existing ban on exports of war material to Russia and Ukraine to specific military goods.

Registrierte Arbeitslosigkeit im Juli 2014 - Gemäss den Erhebungen des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft (SECO) waren Ende Juli 2014 127’054 Arbeitslose bei den Regionalen Arbeitsvermittlungszentren (RAV) eingeschrieben, 422 mehr als im Vormonat. Die Arbeitslosenquote verharrte bei 2,9% im Berichtsmonat. Gegenüber dem Vorjahresmonat verringerte sich die Arbeitslosigkeit um 1’462 Personen (-1,1%).

Consumer sentiment has been better than its long-term average for several quarters, but further improvement is proving elusive. With a value of -1 point reached in July 2014*, the general index has remained at much the same level since the beginning of the year. Nor have any major changes in the various factors which shape consumer confidence been revealed by the July survey as compared to last April’s results. The last major trend change in consumer sentiment in Switzerland was identified in October 2011/January 2012 (new upturn).

Die Direktorin des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft (SECO), Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, hat per 1. September 2014 Oliver Schärli zum neuen Leiter des Leistungsbereichs Arbeitsmarkt/Arbeitslosenversicherung ernannt. Er tritt die Nachfolge von Dominique Babey an, der Mitte Februar 2014 aus gesundheitlichen Gründen von seiner Funktion zurückgetreten ist.

In an effort to help alleviate the massive damage caused by the extreme flooding that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia in May this year, Switzerland has pledged approximately CHF 15 million at an international donor conference. The European Commission, France and Slovenia invited the international community to attend the donor conference in Brussels on 16 July.

Zwei im Auftrag des Staatssekretariats für Wirtschaft SECO erstellte Berichte untersuchen die möglichen Auswirkungen eines Handelsabkommens zwischen der EU und den USA auf die Schweizer Wirtschaft. Seit Juli 2013 verhandeln die EU und die USA über eine umfassende transatlantische Handels- und Investitionspartnerschaft (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP). Ziel ist neben dem Zollabbau für Industrie- und Agrarprodukte insbesondere die Beseitigung von nichttarifären Handelshemmnissen. Die EU und die USA sind die beiden wichtigsten Handelspartner der Schweiz. Das Abkommen könnte für die Schweizer Wirtschaft spürbare Folgen haben.

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