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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.

Re-weighting of the monthly unemployment data

As the LFS is a sample survey, is it necessary to benchmark the sample results to po­pulation estimates. In the weighting scheme used for the estimation of monthly LFS results in Germany, population figures are used in break­down by age, sex, region and nationality.

More : Re-weighting of the monthly unemployment data …

In FOCUS / 2015-01-19

Employment of older people is steadily increasing

After the introduction of deduction-free pension at the age of 63, the prolongation of working life up to the age of 70 is an issue currently under discussion. The idea is that employees will have greater flexibility over their exit from the labour force.

In recent years, the employment of older people has increased continuously. While roughly 28% of the 60 to 64-year-olds were in employment in 2005, that proportion had risen to half of the age group (50%) by 2013. Among the 65 to 69-year-olds, that is, among people beyond statutory retirement age, 13% were still working in 2013, up from 6% in 2005.

Differences in employment are also observed for older-aged men and women. While 57% of the men aged 60 to 64 were employed in 2013, the figure for women was just 43%. Among the 65 to 69-year-olds, 16% of the men were still working compared to just 9% of the women.


Unemployed ILO-Concept


Unemployed person

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

Registered unemployed


Monthly data

Long term series

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