AMS: Covid-19 pandemic saw lockdowns drop significantly


In the previous year 93,199 sanctions were imposed – bans dropped by more than a third

Vienna (OTS)  The  Covid 19 pandemic not only resulted in a sharp rise in unemployment last year, but also a significant slump in the job market. This led to a decrease in the number of barriers to unemployment benefit or emergency assistance. With a total of 93,199 bans, the Public Employment Service (AMS) imposed 52,472 or 36.02 percent fewer sanctions in 2020 than in 2019. For comparison: © The  number of those affected by unemployment, i.e. those who were unemployed for at least one day a year, increased in the previous year to around 1,002,000 people (+ 103,100 / + 11.5%), while the number of reported vacancies fell to 329,449 (-129,375 / -24.8%).

Around 46 percent of the bans (42,719 / -18,077 / -29.7%) concerned the actual “cases of abuse” (according to § 9 and § 10 of the Unemployment Insurance Act / AlVG). © The se bans can be divided into those with very severe, severe and lesser sanctions. If you are completely unwilling to work (according to § 9 AlVG), the unemployment benefit can be canceled entirely. This occurred in 583 cases in 2020 (-214 / -26.9%). Unemployment benefit or emergency assistance was blocked for six weeks in 18,958 (-15,089 / -44.3%) cases, and for eight weeks in the event of repetition, in accordance with § 10 AlVG due to refusal or frustration of taking up work or training. In 23,178 (-2,774 / -8.5%) cases, course participants were absent from a training course for days without excuse. In these cases, the unemployment benefit or the unemployment benefit is only reduced by these days.


 The  labor market collapsed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ©

 The  decrease in the number of bans under Paragraph 10 is due, among other things, to the significantly lower demand for workers in the previous year. With the decline in the number of vacancies at companies, the number of responses, which are the starting point for bans due to abuse of unemployment benefits or emergency assistance, also fell. In addition, due to the Corona situation, we did not issue any sanctions between mid-March and mid-May, ”said Johannes Kopf, head of the Public Employment Service (AMS).

Around 24 percent of the sanctions were caused by missing a control appointment (Section 49 AlVG). If job seekers stay away from the agreed AMS appointment without excuse, the unemployment benefit can be temporarily canceled until they are contacted again (usually a few days). In the previous year, this was the case 22,067 times (-30,186 / -57.77%). “This decrease can be explained by significantly fewer AMS appointments due to the corona situation,” said Johannes Kopf.

30 percent of the so-called bans relate to the waiting period for resignation. According to Paragraph 11 of the Unemployment Insurance Act, job seekers who resign themselves will not receive any unemployment benefit for the first four weeks. A total of 28,413 people were affected in the previous year, 4,209 people or 12.9% fewer than in 2019. “Here too, Corona should show its traces. When the labor market situation is uncertain, workers simply end their employment relationship less often, ”concluded Kopf.

Inquiries & contact:

Public Employment Service (AMS) Austria, federal office
Dr. Beate Sprenger
+43 1 33178-522, 0664-4415148

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AMS Covid19 pandemic lockdowns drop significantly


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