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Press release 333 / 2017-09-21: Continued strong growth in real earnings in 2nd quarter of 2017

Real and nominal earnings, consumer prices

According to the results of the quarterly earnings survey, the index of real earnings in Germany rose by 1.2% in the second quarter of 2017 year on year. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the increase in nominal earnings was 2.9%. The consumer price index was up by 1.7% in the same period. 

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Press release 334 / 2017-09-21: Public debt down 2.9% at the end of the 1st half of 2017  

The debt owed by the overall public budget (Federation, Länder, municipalities/associations of municipalities and social security funds, including all extra budgets) to the non-public sector amounted to 1,977.8 billion euros at the end of the first half of 2017. The non-public sector comprises credit institutions and the remaining domestic sector (for instance private businesses) and non-domestic sector. Based on provisional results, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that this was a decrease in debt of 2.9%, or 59.8 billion euros, from the end of the first half of 2016.

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Press release 335 / 2017-09-21: More bus and rail passengers than ever in the first half of 2017

The number of passengers using means of public regular road and rail transport in Germany in the first half of 2017 increased by 1.1% from the first half of 2016. According to provisional results of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the larger enterprises of public regular passenger transport carried more than 5.8 billion passengers, more than 5.7 billion passengers in regular short-distance transport and 79 million passengers in regular long-distance transport.

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IN FOCUS / 2017-09-20

Employment of older people is steadily increasing

One of the topics discussed in the run-up to the Bundestag election is the extension of working lives until the age of 70. The question is in how far the rising life expectancy is a burden on the social security systems and will make it necessary to raise the retirement age.

In recent years, the employment of older people has increased continuously. While roughly 30% of the 60 to 64-year-olds were in employment in 2006, that proportion had risen to half of the age group (56%) by 2016. Among the 65 to 69-year-olds, that is, among people beyond statutory retirement age, 15% were still working in 2016, up from 7% in 2006.

Differences in employment are also observed for older-aged men and women. While 61% of the men aged 60 to 64 were employed in 2016, the figure for women was just 51%. Among the 65 to 69-year-olds, 19% of the men were still working compared to just 12% of the women.

Key figures

Population31.03.201682.3 mn
Persons in employment2nd Quarter 201744.2 mn
Economic growth (GDP)2nd Quarter 20170.6%
Inflation rateAugust 20171.8%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20160.8%
Public debt201668.3%

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