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Press release 215 / 2017-06-28: Import prices in May 2017: +4.1% on May 2016

Index of import prices

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the index of import prices increased by 4.1% in May 2017 compared with the corresponding month of the preceding year. In April 2017 and in March 2017 the annual rates of change were +6.1%, each. From April 2017 to May 2017 the index fell by 1.0%. 

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Press release 216 / 2017-06-28: Public service in 2017: 4.1% more pensioners at Länder level

On 1 January 2017, roughly 712,000 public service pensioners were counted at Länder level. Based on provisional figures from the statistics of public service pensioners, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the number of former public officials at Länder level increased by 4.1% from a year earlier.

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Press release 217 / 2017-06-28: Proportion of women obtaining a post-doctoral lecturing qualification continues to increase

A total of 1,581 scientists completed their post-doctoral lecturing qualifications (habilitations) at universities in Germany in 2016. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that the total of habilitations declined by nearly 3% compared with the previous year. At the same time, the number of women who obtained a post-doctoral lecturing qualification rose by 4% to 481. This means that habilitations completed by women accounted for 30% of all habilitations (previous year: 28%). Hence the continuous increase in the relevant proportion of women continued. In 2006, it still amounted to 22%.

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Press release 218 / 2017-06-28: 17,400 'income millionaires' in Germany in 2013

In 2013, the income of 17,400 persons registered as wage or income taxpayers in Germany amounted to at least one million euros, which was an increase of just under 2,800 taxpayers compared with 2010. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the average income of that group was 2.7 million euros. These results of the 2013 wage and income tax statistics are available some three and a half years after the end of the tax assessment year because of the long time limits set for purposes of tax assessment.

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Press release 219 / 2017-06-28: Pig population in Germany down 1%

On reference day 3 May 2017, 27.1 million pigs were kept in Germany, as reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). According to provisional results of the semi-annual survey, the pig population decreased by roughly 276,000, or 1%, from November 2016. This was the lowest population recorded since November 2010.

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IN FOCUS / 2017-06-08

Overall economic equilibrium: 50th anniversary of the Magic Square

50 years ago, on 8 June 1967, the Law to Promote Economic Stability and Growth (Stability Law) entered into force. Against the background of the 1966/1967 recession, it concretises the goal of an overall economic equilibrium and specifies four individual goals of economic and fiscal policy. They are referred to as the Magic Square.

In the last 50 years, the German economic development has been subject to short-term fluctuations. When measured by the development of the price-adjusted GDP, the German economy has grown an average 2.4% since 1967. Such growth has been characterised by cyclical upswings and recessions. The worst economic slump happened during the worldwide financial market crisis in 2009 (-5.9%). The strongest economic growth was recorded in 1969, when the growth rate was 7.5%.

More information on the economic development in Germany is contained in a detailed article on the Magic Square.

New brochure "G20 in figures" published

This year Germany holds the G20 presidency and will be hosting the G20 summit in Hamburg on the 7th and 8th of July. The G20 includes 19 leading industrialized and emerging economies as well as the European Union. Approximately two thirds of the world’s population live in a G20 country. Together they account for about 80% of the global economic output.

The G20 countries are facing a different set of challenges. A look at the labour market of each G20 country highlights this: Whilst the youth unemployment rate was below 10 % in India, Mexico and Germany in 2015, South Africa and Italy were dealing with rates in excess of 40 %. Another example is the situation in terms of digitalisation: In South Africa there were approximately five fixed broadband connections per 100 inhabitants, whilst in France this figure was higher than 40.

The brochure G20 in figures offers official inter­national data on the key topics of this year’s G20 presidency. Alongside topics such as economic and financial cooperation, the 2017 agenda includes issues such as digitalisation, climate change, antimicrobial resistance, migration and a stronger partnership with the African continent. In addition to the PDF file there is also an interactive version of the brochure available.

Current WISTA edition: Emerging stronger from the crisis? Employment in Germany

The number of persons in employment in Germany has continuously increased for not less than eleven years; the annual average of 43.6 million in 2016 was a new record high.

In the 3/2017 edition of our WISTA scientific journal, Christoph-Martin Mai and Florian Schwahn analyse Erwerbsarbeit in Deutschland und Europa im Zeitraum 1991 bis 2016. In this context, they explore how both economic and social change and employment policy have affected the development of employment in the last 25 years. In addition, they look at the labour market situation in other European countries, especially after the economic and financial crisis of 2009.

Key figures

Population31.12.201582.2 mn
Persons in employment1st Quarter 201743.7 mn
Economic growth (GDP)1st Quarter 20170.6%
Inflation rateMay 20171.5%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20160.8%
Public debt201668.3%

Europe in figures

This photo shows the logo "Europe in figures"

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 will be held on 24 September 2017. Information on the election is provided on the website of the Federal Returning Officer.

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