The construction cost index (new base 2020) for construction of residential buildings reached 114.4 index points in August 2021. This represents an increase of 14.2% against August 2020. Compared to July 2021, the index increased by 0.6%.
After stagnating or slightly declining student numbers in previous years, the number of students who attended Austrian public universities, universities of applied sciences, university colleges of teacher education and private universities increased significantly by 3.1% in the Corona winter semester 2020/21 compared to the previous winter semester. The increase in the number of female students was 4.0%, the number of male students increased by 2.0%. The number of students with Austrian citizenship rose by 2.6%, the number of foreign students by 4.6%.
In 2020, a total of 260 114 persons were supported by the minimum income scheme ("Mindestsicherung"). After the strong annual growth until 2016 and a stagnation in 2017, the number of supported persons decreased by 7 569 (‑2.8%) compared to the previous year. The minimum income scheme comprises benefits to ensure people's means of subsistence and housing needs, and to afford protection in case of sickness, pregnancy and childbirth.
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