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.