In FOCUS / 2014-08-21
Recalculation of the numbers of persons in employment
From September 2014, national accounts all over Europe will have to be compiled in accordance with the provisions of the European System of National and Regional Accounts 2010 (ESA 2010). Introducing the ESA 2010 at the national level involves a major revision of national accounts. At the same time, the time series previously published from employment accounts of the Federal Statistical Office have been revised, too.
In addition to the information provided at the national accounts theme pages on the 2014 revision of national accounts, separate information on the recalculation of the numbers of persons in employment in Germany is given in the paper "Information on the recalculation of the numbers of persons in employment in Germany as part of the 2014 revision of national accounts".
Commuters: infrastructure more important than petrol prices
Germany has witnessed an employment boom since 2005. This implies that an increasing number of people have to travel from home to work every day. The number of commuters has risen by approximately 11% between 2004 and 2012, an increase which is comparable to the surge in the total number of persons in employment.
How people commute depends above all on their personal housing and family situation and on the regional labour market and transport infrastructure conditions. Commuters choose a means of transport not mainly out of ecological awareness or because of rising petrol prices. The existing infrastructure, which changes only slowly over time, seems to be far more important. Many persons in employment accept the everyday reality of many commuters – be it traffic jams or packed buses and trains – because there is nothing else they can do.
The new STATmagazin informs you about current commuting structures in Germany and shows the differences of commuting in densely populated areas and in the country.