Overall economy

Population, economic growth, value added, sectoral structure and employment. Here you can find the most important macroeconomic figures and charts for the business location Basel.

Economic figures

Population

  2010 2015 2016 2017 Δ 16-17
Population 190'799  197'204 198'206 198'988  0.4 %
Households   98'204 98'469   0.3 % (Δ 16-17)
Percentage of foreigners 32.8 % 35.3 % 35.7 % 36.0 % ...
Youth quotient 25.8 %  25.8 % 26.0 % 26.3 % ...
Ageing quotient  31.8 %  30.9 % 30.6 % 30.6 % ...
Migration balance (foreign countries) 3'405 3'094     6.2 % (Δ 16-17)

Explanations: The youth quotient results from the quantitative ratio between 0 to 19-year-old people and 20 to 64-year-old people.

The ageing quotient results from the quantitative ratio between people over 64 years and people aged 20 to 64 years.

Source: Statistical Office of the Canton of Basel-Stadt

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Economy

  2010 2014 2015 2016
nominal GDP (CHF billion) 30.2 31.8 32.1 32.7
nominal GDP (CHF per capita) 163'145 166'878 166'933 169'622
growth in real GDP per capita 4.0 % 2.4 % 1.5 % 2.1 %
inflation 0.8 % 0.0 % - 1.2 % -0.2 %

Source: BAK Economics, Statistical Office of the Canton of Basel-Stadt.

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Regional economic performance

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Sectoral structure: Value added

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Sectoral concentration and productivity

Explanation: The coefficient of localisation is created to analyse the regional specialisations of the industries. It compares the ratio of employed persons of the industry with the average ratio of the sector for total employment. A value higher than 1 indicates that in Basel-Stadt the sector is represented higher than the Swiss average.

Data status 2016.

Source: BAK Economics, Statistical Office of the Canton of Basel-Stadt

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Labour market

  2010 2016 2017 Δ 16-17
Employed persons 179'292 193'330 195'199 1.0 %
Unemployment rate 4.2 % 3.9 % 3.8 % ...
Cross-border commuters 31'371 35'731 35'900 0.5 %
Cross-border commuters ratio DE 46.2 % 47.8 % 47.5 % ...
Cross-border commuters ratio FR 53.4 % 51.3 % 51.6 % ...

Source: BAK Economics (employed persons), Statistical Office of Basel-Stadt (unemployment rate) and Federal Statistical Office (BFS) (cross-border commuters).

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Sectoral structure : Employed persons

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