RTTNews - Wednesday, the Swiss government lowered its economic outlook for 2009 and lunched new set of measures to address the recession.

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs or SECO said gross domestic product or GDP may fall 2.7% this year and by 0.4% next year. It was down from its previous forecast of a 2.2% contraction for this year and a slight recovery of 0.1% for 2010.

Consumer prices are forecast to decline 0.5% this year and may increase 0.9% in the coming year. In the March report, the government had forecast a 0.2% fall for this year and a rise of 1% for the next year.

Further, the forecast for the jobless rate in 2009 is kept untouched at 3.8%, while revised to 5.5% from 5.2% for the next year.

On the same day, the government announced new stimulus measures worth 400 million Swiss francs to fight rising unemployment. It brought overall measures of the third economic package to 750 million francs. The new measures include temporary employment in non-profit organizations, subsidies for training programmes and internships in government institutions.

The government also approved 200 million francs last month in subsidies for health insurance and 150 million francs in tax reductions.

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