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Employment

Employment is a major source to secure the livelihood of individuals and families. It allows their participation in social life, and for many people it is an important precondition for satisfaction and a high quality of life.

The core of employment statistics at the Federal Statistical Office is employment accounts as part of national accounts and the microcensus with the labour force survey integrated into it. The employment statistics of the Federal Employment Agency provide data on employees subject to social insurance contributions.

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Employment accounts

June 2015: employment up 0.4% on a year earlier

In June 2015, roughly 42.8 million persons resident in Germany were in employment according to provisional calculations. Compared with June 2014, this was an increase of 161,000 persons or 0.4%. In December 2014, the increase had amounted to 346,000 people (+0.8%). Roughly 1.9 million people were unemployed in June 2015, 69,000 fewer than a year earlier. 

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Labour force survey / microcensus

2014: Employment of older people is increasing

In Germany, 14% of those aged 65 to 69 years were in employment in 2014. In 2005, the rate had been 6%. "The employment rate of older people has more than doubled within a short time". Also, self-employment gains in importance with increasing age. Roughly 39% of the 65 to 69 year olds in employment were self-employed or family workers in 2014. Among the 60 to 64 year old persons in employment, the figure was just 16%.

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Nearly 3 million persons in employment would like to work more

This Photo shows a woman in the office (© contrastwerkstatt - Fotolia.com)

In 2014, roughly 3 million employed people aged 15 to 74 years wanted to work more hours, while just under 1 million persons in employment wanted to work less. The number of people willing to work more hours was significantly higher than that of people wanting to work fewer hours.

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5% of all persons in employment have at least two jobs

In 2014, 5.0% of all persons in employment in Germany had at least one job in addition to their primary employment. Based on results of the labour force survey and to coincide with the Labour Day on 1 May, approximately 2.0 million people had at least one additional job in 2014. This number has increased by just under 13% since 2011. 

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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.

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