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Press release 076 / 2015-03-05: New orders in January 2015 down a seasonally adjusted –3.9% on the previous month

Index of new orders in manufacturing, 2010=100, seasonally adjusted

Price-adjusted new orders in manufacturing in January 2015 decreased a seasonally and working day adjusted 3.9% on December 2014 (following a corrected +4.4% in December 2014 on November 2014). Domestic orders in January 2015 decreased 2.5% and foreign orders by 4.8%. As regards the direction of trade in foreign transactions, new orders from the euro area were down 9.0% on the previous month, and new orders from other countries declined by 2.2%. 

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Press release 077 / 2015-03-05: Women are main breadwinners in 13% of couples

In 2013, women had higher earnings than their husbands or cohabiting partners in 13% of all couples in Germany. This is reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) to coincide with the International Women's Day on 8 March 2015. In 10% of all couples, the partners had similar earnings. In the vast majority of couples (77%), however, the man was the main earner in the household.

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Press release 078 / 2015-03-05: Persons employed invested about 9.5 billion euros in company old-age pension schemes in 2012

Persons employed in Germany invested an average of 362 euros in company old-age pension schemes in 2012. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was 0.9% of their gross annual earnings. Grossed up to the total number of persons employed in Germany, the resulting amount was about 9.5 billion euros, which is slightly less than total investments in 'Riester-certified private pension plans'.

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Press release 079 / 2015-03-05: 256,100 young people start participating in a qualifying programme of the transition sector

A total of 256,100 young people started participating in a qualifying programme of the transition sector in 2014 to improve their chances of getting an apprenticeship by acquiring basic vocational knowledge or by obtaining a secondary general or intermediate school certificate. Based on first provisional results, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the number of new participants in transition sector programmes was up 0.3% compared with 2013.

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IN FOCUS / 2015-02-25

High proportion of higher education graduates among immigrants

There is a political debate about whether a new immigration law is required for better control of immigration to Germany. Between 2009 and 2013, net immigration totalled just under 1.2 million people.

According to the microcensus 2013, the majority of immigrants had a high level of qualification. A total of roughly 85% of the 18 to 24 year olds had a school certificate and 5% were still in school education. The proportion of young immigrants who had obtained a school certificate qualifying them to enter higher education was especially high (55%). In the total population, roughly 86% of the 18 to 24 year olds had a school certificate and 10% were still at school. Again, most people of this age group had obtained a school certificate qualifying them to enter higher education (39%).

Examining the vocational qualification attained shows that an especially large number of immigrants were graduates. A total of roughly 40% of the 25 to 34 year olds had a higher education degree. However, there were also many unqualified workers among them. 29% of this age group did not have any vocational qualification. In the total population, the proportion of unqualified workers among the 25 to 34 year olds was markedly smaller (14%). However, the proportion of higher education graduates was smaller, too (22%).

Key figures

Population (31.12.)201380.8 Mill.
Persons in employment201442.7 Mill.
Economic growth20141.6%
Inflation rate20140.9%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20140.4%
Public debt201376.9%

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