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Press release 317 / 2015-09-01: Employment continued to increase slightly in July 2015

In July 2015, roughly 42.8 million persons resident in Germany were in employment according to provisional calculations of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Compared with the previous month, this was an increase of 156,000 or 0.4%. The growth rate remained unchanged for the fourth consecutive month. Roughly 1.9 million people were unemployed in July 2015, 13,000 fewer than a year earlier. 

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Press release 318 / 2015-09-01: Wholesale turnover in the 2nd quarter 2015: –0.1% in real terms on the 2nd quarter 2014

Turnover in wholesale trade

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the turnover achieved by wholesale trade in Germany in the second quarter 2015 decreased 0.1% in real terms and 0.9% in nominal terms compared with the second quarter 2014.

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Press release 219 / 2015-09-01: 3.0% less railway freight in the first half of 2015

A total of 178.3 million tonnes of goods were transported on German railway lines from January to June 2015. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), that was a decrease of 3.0% from the first half of 2014. For the period from January to May 2015 all months showed decreases whereas compared on a-month-to-month basis the June result exceeded the level of June 2014 by 12.4 %. The last time a higher increase had been broken down was the reference month May 2011 (+15.7%).

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IN FOCUS / 2015-08-17

Number of school beginners down 14% from school year 2004/2005

School started on 12 August in Nordrhein-Westfalen. In a few weeks the summer holidays will be over also in the other Länder. Hundreds of thousands of first graders will have had their first day at school by mid-September. According to provisional results, approximately 708,000 children started school in Germany in school year 2014/2015. This was an increase of nearly 3% on the preceding year (690,000 school beginners).

On account of the demographic change, the number of children starting school has fallen significantly in the past few years. In school year 2004/2005 there had still been 821,000 school beginners. In comparison, their numbers were down by 14% in 2014/2015.

The decline was particularly marked in the former territory of the Federal Republic where about 697,000 children started school in 2004/2005, compared with just under 574,000 (-18%) in 2014/2015. In the new Länder and Berlin the number of school beginners rose from 124,000 to 134,000 over the same period (+8%). This is due to the fact that their numbers had already been on a low level at the start of the new century as a consequence of the decline in the birth rate after German reunification.

Key figures

Population (30.09.)201481.1 Mill.
Persons in employment201442.7 Mill.
Economic growth20141.6%
Inflation rate20140.9%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20140.7%
Public debt201474.7%

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