workless city

Rushing out at noon to fetch some snacks, then heading back to my computer to eat while working, I always wondered how come so many people are out on the street shopping, relaxing, doing whatever. Today I did some research and found some interesting information.


According to Statistik Austria there are 761.800 people working in Vienna and 81.000 out of work (based on 15 ys. or older). With a total population of 1.635.800 people this means that only 46.5 % of all Viennese are actually working. The rest is pupils, students, on the dole, pensioneers, on parental leave or whatever.

Think about it, every second person you see is not working to pay for his live. That means you have to pay for the livelihood of a little more than one person not working with your taxes. Of course, the more you earn, the more taxes you have to pay. Before you get all neoliberal on me and flame this blog with “I don’t want to pay for the friggin junkies on Karlsplatz” or “I’d make them work! no work – no food is what I say!” or the like, please remember that the unemployment rate in Austria is really low and all the other people not working may have a really good reason. See above.

Another interesting thought is: those 761.800 people aren’t working constantly. Some may work in shifts, some only 20 hours per week, some might be on holiday, some are calling in ill, etc. That might add up to that at any given weekday in the afternoon, not even a third of all people in Vienna are working. No wonder Saturn is always crowded when I go there.

3 Comments so far

  1. Lorenz (unregistered) on June 27th, 2007 @ 7:51 pm


    Thanks, fuck you too. ;)

  2. arved (unregistered) on June 28th, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

    You forgot the tourists (Ok I admit, most of them will not visit Saturn).

    Very interesting article, you reminded me again, that i belong to the wrong half of the population :-(.

  3. melancolia (unregistered) on June 30th, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

    yeah, i wonder that too. the shopping malls and streets in Vienna are always full. as in really full. if the people’s buying power in Austria gets much lower, i do wonder how can they afford to buy things that are offered in every store/boutique. is this the reason lotsa people here are declaring their bankruptcy? credit cards, anyone?

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