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43.7 million persons in employment in October 2016

In October 2016, roughly 43.7 million persons resident in Germany were in employment according to provisional calculations of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Compared with October 2015, the number of persons in employment increased by 359,000 or 0.8%. Although employment continued to rise, it did so at a slower pace than during the individual months of the first half of the year when the year-on-year increase rates ranged between 1.1% and 1.3%. In October 2016, roughly 1.7 million people were unemployed, 118,000 fewer than a year earlier.

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Employment rate of 65 to 69-year-olds markedly higher

The employment rate of 65 to 69-year olds in Germany rose from 6.5% to 14.5% between 2005 and 2015. To coincide with the International Day of Older Persons, the reports that the share of people in employment has more than doubled in that age group.

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Unused labour supply in 2015: 5.7 million people want to work (more)

In 2015, roughly 5.7 million people aged 15 to 74 years wanted to have a job or to work more hours, according to results of the labour force survey, their number fell by 298,000 (-5.0%) compared with the previous year.

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Full-time employees worked an average 40.5 hours per week in 2015

In Germany, people employed full-time worked 40.5 hours on average in 2015. The average number of usual weekly working hours of both part-time and full-time employees has risen by a half hour in the past 20 years.

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Atypical Employment

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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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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