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Press release 280 / 2017-08-16: Minimum wage reduces spread of agreed earnings in individual branches

The difference between the highest and lowest earnings groups in collective wage agreements decreased by 0.2% in the overall economy between December 2014, shortly before the statutory minimum wage was introduced, and June 2017. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the spread was reduced by 5.7% over the same period when only wage agreements are considered which in December 2014 had included earnings groups below the minimum wage of 8.50 euros introduced from January 2015.

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Press release 281 / 2017-08-16: Atypical employment remains unchanged at 21%

One in five people in employment aged 15 to 64 years (20.7%) were in atypical employment in 2016. Based on results of the microcensus, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that the proportion of people in atypical employment remained nearly unchanged in the last three years (2015: 20.8%, 2014: 20.9%). Standard employment, too, was close to the previous year's level (2015: 68.7%), standing at 69.2% in 2016. Self-employed people accounted for 9.9% and unpaid family workers for 0.3%.

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Noticeable price changes in July

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IN FOCUS / 2017-08-09

Roughly 5 billion eggs were imported from the Netherlands in 2016

Millions of eggs contaminated by the insecticide Fipronil have reached the shops in Germany. The majority of these eggs came from poultry farms in the Netherlands and in Belgium. Some German farms were affected, too.

In Germany, a total of roughly 12 billion eggs were produced in 2016. Most of these eggs (63%) were barn eggs. Of the remaining eggs, 18% were free range, 8% came from small group housing systems and 10% were organic eggs.

To meet the daily demand for eggs, Germany imported roughly 7.0 billion eggs in 2016; 2.2 billion eggs were exported. Accounting for approximately 5 billion eggs, the Netherlands were by far the most important supplier country. Germany imported roughly 225 million eggs from Belgium

IN FOCUS / 2017-08-07

Number of school beginners up by 2.4%

In the first Länder, school has started again after the summer holidays. By mid-September, hundreds of thousands of first graders will have had their first day at school.

According to provisional results, a total of approximately 722,000 children started school in Germany in the past school year of 2016/2017. Compared with a year earlier, the number of new school entrants increased by 2.4%. The largest increases were recorded in Saarland (+8.0%) and Brandenburg (+5.4%).

Compared with the previous school year, the last time the number of school beginners rose was in 2009/2010, when roughly 726,000 children started school. The highest number of new school entrants after the turn of the millennium was recorded in the school year of 2003/2004 (844,000 children), the lowest number was 688,000 in the school year of 2012/2013.

IN FOCUS / 2017-07-27

Automotive industry: turnover of 407 billion euros in 2016

Attention focuses on Germany's car manufacturing industry these days as leading German carmakers are suspected of having operated a cartel. Germany is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world. This is why the German car industry is so important to the country's economy.

All in all, 1,327 local units of enterprises with 20 or more persons employed were engaged in the manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers in 2016. These employed approximately 828,000 people or 14% of the total staff working at local units in manufacturing. They achieved a turnover of 407 billion euros.

The high turnover was attributable not least to strong foreign demand: 63% of the turnover of 2016 (257 billion euros) was achieved abroad.

Key figures

Population31.12.201582.2 mn
Persons in employment1st Quarter 201743.7 mn
Economic growth (GDP)2nd Quarter 20170.6%
Inflation rateJuly 20171.7%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20160.8%
Public debt201668.3%

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