Swiss unemployment rises in December

Switzerland's unemployment rate rose to 3.3 percent in December, an increase of 0.2 percentage points from the month before, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) said on Monday.

The unemployed figure rose by 9,553 from the preceding month to 130,662.

Compared to 2010, however, this was a decrease of 17,974. In 2010 the unemployment rate was 3.8 percent.

The annual average unemployment rate, which still has to be finalised, was 3.1 percent in 2011, 0.8 percentage points lower than in 2010.

Serge Gaillard, head of Seco’s labour department told the Swiss news agency SDA that a sharp decline in unemployment after the financial crisis ended due to the strong Swiss franc.

“Since October, we have observed a steady increase,” said Gaillard.

Seco expects to the trend to continue in 2012.

“We expect that the seasonally adjusted unemployment will rise until the year end,” said Gaillard.

This he said was due to the persistence of the strong franc and the economic uncertainty in Europe. He said economists were looking at an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in Switzerland for 2012.

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Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier

Can you carry a tune? Are you a night owl? If so, this job posting in Switzerland may be up right up your (cobblestone) alley. Here’s how you can submit an application for this… very high position.

Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier
The hat and coat are optional for the job. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

As far as unusual employment opportunities go, this one from Lausanne is — quite literally — tops.

The city, which employs one of Europe’s last remaining town criers, is looking for people to fill this position on part-time basis.

What’s a town crier?

In Lausanne’s case, it is a person who announces the hours every night between 10 pm and 2 am from the bell tower of the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral, a landmark overlooking the roofs of the picturesque Old Town.

The workplace: Lausanne Cathedral. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

The person who will assume this position will continue a tradition that this city in the canton of Vaud has cherished since 1405.

These are the requirements for the job:

  • To watch over the city each night
  • Announce each hour on the hour between 10pm and 2am in a melodious voice (in French, but knowledge of foreign languages is a plus)
  • Be able to climb 53 stone steps to the cathedral’s bell tower
  • Not have a criminal record
  • No falling asleep on the job
  • Have a business apprenticeship certificate (we are not sure why)

This is 365-days-a-year job, but the new hire will share the position with other criers.

Interested? This is how you can apply.