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July 2017: employment up 1.6% on a year earlier

In July 2017, roughly 44.2 million persons resident in Germany were in employment according to provisional calculations of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Compared with July 2016, the number of persons in employment increased by 688,000 or 1.6%. In all months of the first half of 2017, the year-on-year growth rates had been 1.5%, too. Roughly 1.5 million people were unemployed in July 2017, 263,000 fewer than a year earlier.

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Over 44 million persons in employment in 2nd quarter of 2017

Employment continued to increase in the second quarter of 2017 according to provisional results of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). The number of persons in employment whose place of employment was in Germany amounted to 44.2 million, which was again markedly above the previous year's level. Compared with the second quarter of 2016, the number of persons in employment increased substantially by 664,000. As in the first quarter of 2017, the growth rate was 1.5%.

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11% of the 65 to 74-year-olds are in employment

In Germany, one in nine persons aged between 65 and 74 years was in employment in 2016 (11%). Based on results of the microcensus, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this applied to 942,000 of the total of 8.3 million people of this age.

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11% of the people in full-time employment had excessive working hours in 2016

People spend many hours a day at work – often more time than is available for their families and leisure activities. In 2016, people in full-time employment worked an average of 41 hours per week.11% of the people in full-time employment usually worked even more than 48 hours per week. This is regarded as excessive working hours.

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Couples with young children: mothers in full-time employment are an exception

In couples with children under the age of three, approximately 83% of fathers worked full-time in 2015. However, mothers in full-time employment were rather an exception; their proportion was 10%. To coincide with the International Women's Day on 8 March, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that not more than roughly 8% of the mothers of young children in couples were employed full-time in western Germany.

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Atypical Employment

Atypical employment remains unchanged at 21%

One in five people in employment aged 15 to 64 years (20.7%) were in atypical employment in 2016. Based on results of the microcensus, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that the proportion of people in atypical employment remained nearly unchanged in the last three years (2015: 20.8%, 2014: 20.9%). Standard employment, too, was close to the previous year's level (2015: 68.7%), standing at 69.2% in 2016. Self-employed people accounted for 9.9% and unpaid family workers for 0.3%.

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Number of people in standard employment continues to increase

The number of people in standard employment rose by roughly 317,000 to 24.8 million in 2015. Based on results of the microcensus, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that the number of people in standard employment as a proportion of the core group of persons in employment increased to 68.7% compared with the previous year (2014: 68.3%). The significance of standard employment has been increasing for some years now, up from 65.4% in 2006.

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14% of persons in employment use public transport

In 2016, approximately 14% of all persons in employment regularly used public means of transport to get to work.

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In FOCUS / 2016-08-23

Immigrants: good command of German important for integration in the labour market

Net immigration in 2015 (1.16 million foreigners) was the highest in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. For immigrants who are granted the right to stay in Germany, integration in the labour market is important. A good command of German is crucial here.

The total employment rate of immigrants not born in Germany was about 69% in 2014. Immigrants with basic knowledge of German had an employment rate of 52%. It increased continuously with better language skills, reaching 77% among immigrants speaking fluent German (native population: 80%).

Especially for women who were born abroad and immigrated to Germany, learning the language is crucial for integration in the labour market. Women with basic knowledge of German had an employment rate of just 36%. As they learned the language, their employment rate increased and reached 72% among female immigrants speaking fluent German (native women: 76%).

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