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Labour market

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Labour market

Participation in economic life plays a central part in our society, and with its functions of securing a livelihood, assigning the individual a position within the structure of the society, for economic growth and welfare it comes into the picture in many areas. There is as much diversity in official labour market statistics and their sources.

Get an overview of the German labour market by looking at the key figures.

Number of persons in employment increased to 43 million in 2015

On an annual average in 2015, roughly 43.0 million persons resident in Germany were in employment. The number of persons in employment in 2015 was higher by 324,000, or 0.8%, than in the previous year, according to first provisional calculations. The growth in employment, which has been observed for over 10 years, continued - although in 2015 the increase was slightly smaller than in 2014 (+0.9%). The total number of persons in employment has now reached the highest level since German reunification. Higher labour force participation of the domestic population and the immigration of foreign workers offset negative demographic effects.

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Unemployed ILO-Concept


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Unemployed ILO-Conzept, Monthly data, Long term series from 2007

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