This is the first decrease compared to the same quarter of the previous year in seven years, the Federal Statistical Office announced on Thursday after preliminary results. At the end of June 2020, 1,7 percent fewer people were employed in the skilled trades that required a license than at the end of the same month last year.
The strongest decline in sales in the second quarter was in the motor vehicle trade (-21,6 percent), with contrary developments within the trade group. The two-wheel mechanics recorded strong increases in sales (+32,7 percent), while the automotive technicians saw strong sales declines (-23,7 percent). There were also high sales declines in the healthcare industry (-19,9 percent) and in the crafts for private use (-13,5 percent), which include the hairdressing trade, for example. In contrast, the main construction trade (+4,7 percent) and the finishing trade (+1,1 percent) reported increases in sales. In all seven trade groups, fewer people were employed at the end of June 2020 than at the end of June 2019. Employment fell the most in the food industry, at -5,0 percent. The number of employees (-0,3 percent) fell the least in the construction industry. According to statisticians, the observed sales declines and increases are at least partially the result of the corona pandemic.