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Press release 460 / 2017-12-18: Teachers’ retirements in 2016 declined for the first time since 2009

Retirements at Länder level from school teaching

Roughly 25,500 teachers (public officials) went into retirement in 2016. Compared with 2015, the number of retirements declined by 2,400 (-8.6%). The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the number of teachers' retirements decreased for the first time since 2009. In 2014 and 2015, the figure amounted to 27,900 each. This was the highest figure since the relevant statistical recording began in 1993.

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Press release 461 / 2017-12-18: Turnover in accommodation and food service activities in October 2017 in real terms: –0.5% to October 2016

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), turnover in the German accommodation and food service activities in October 2017 decreased by 0.5% in real terms and increased by 1.6% in nominal terms compared with the corresponding month of the previous year.

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Press release 462 / 2017-12-18: Drinking water flat rates for households in 99 tariff areas in 2016

In 99 tariff areas, households paid exclusively a basic charge (flat rate) for drinking water supply in 2016, which averaged 85.42 euros for the whole year. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this tariff type is most common in the Länder of Bayern (56 tariff areas) and Schleswig-Holstein (33 tariff areas). Typically, drinking water charges consist of a consumption-based component and a basic charge. This tariff system is applied in most of the tariff areas (12,662).

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Noticeable price changes in November

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Get an overview of the most noticeable price changes for selected goods and services.

If you want to know how the prices of all product groups have developed please refer to our price kaleidoscope.

If you want to know by how much your personal inflation rate differs from the official one, just test our "personal inflation calculator".

Current WISTA edition: Family formation and expansion

The number of families in Germany has declined significantly in the last 25 years. However, this is not indicative of changes in the family formation behaviour or the propensity to expand an existing family. Using microcensus data as a basis, Tim Hochgürtel looks at groups of persons (cohorts) over time in his article on Cross-cohort comparison of family formation and expansion published in the 6/2017 issue of our scientific journal WISTA in order to gain insights into these developments.

Actually, the findings show that the proportion of single mothers in their thirties and forties has increased notably. Nevertheless there are fewer changes regarding family formation and expansion than the declining number of families would suggest.

Annual Report 2016 has been published

Do figures take on a greater importance in a "post-factual" age? This is the subject Professor Klaus Töpfer, retired Federal Minister and sustainability expert, discusses in the Annual Report 2016. In an interview on "sustainable communication" he makes important suggestions on how people can be reached more effectively by facts.

Uta Meier-Gräwe, Professor of Household and Family Sciences, gives an insight into the subject of time use studies in the Annual Report. This interview centres on unpaid work done in households.

Other subjects the Annual Report 2016 deals with are new digital data, register use and the development of geo-referenced data and applications in official statistics. And then there is information about the Federal Statistical Office itself: on the number of staff, budget funds available and skills development.

Key figures

Population30.09.201682.5 mn
Persons in employment3rd Quarter 201744.5 mn
Economic growth (GDP)3rd Quarter 20170.8%
Inflation rateNovember 20171.8%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20160.8%
Public debt201668.1%

Europe in figures

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Europe in figures features the wide range of data offered by the European statistical office (Eurostat) and enables comparisons between the EU Member States.

2017 Bundestag election

Logo: The Federal Returning Officer

The election to the 19th German Bundestag was held on 24 September 2017. Information on the election is provided on the website of the Federal Returning Officer.

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