Unemployment insurance


Unemployment insurance provides benefits in the case of loss of employment, shortened working hours, lack of employment due to weather conditions and insolvency on the part of the employer. This insurance also pays for re-integration measures. All persons in gainful employment are obliged to contribute to the unemployment insurance scheme with the exception of some family members of persons working in the agricultural sector and persons who have reached retirement age. The self-employed are not covered by unemployment insurance.

Information for insured persons

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco) handles all unemployment insurance (ALV) matters. For more information on the ALV, please consult the seco website:


History of social security

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Last modification 07.02.2022

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