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Press release 282 / 2017-08-17: Over 44 million persons in employment in 2nd quarter of 2017

Employment growth by industries

Employment continued to increase in the second quarter of 2017 according to provisional results of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). The number of persons in employment whose place of employment was in Germany amounted to 44.2 million, which was again markedly above the previous year's level. Compared with the second quarter of 2016, the number of persons in employment increased substantially by 664,000. As in the first quarter of 2017, the growth rate was 1.5%.

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Press release 283 / 2017-08-17: Decrease of dwellings permitted from January – June 2017: –7.3%

As reported by the Federal Statistical Office, the construction of a total of 169,500 dwellings was permitted in Germany from January - June 2017. Compared with the corresponding period of 2016 this is a decrease of 7.3 % or 13,400 dwellings.

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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 / 2017-08-17

School children and traffic: boys more often harmed in accidents than girls

School has started again after the summer holidays in most German Länder. Therefore, car drivers ought to watch out especially for school children. In 2016, approximately 22,400 children aged 6 to 14 years were harmed in traffic accidents in Germany, 34 were killed. This means that, on average, every 24 minutes a child of that age group was harmed in road traffic.

6 to 14-year-old children rather often had accidents when on their bikes (39% of all accidents). Another 32% were harmed while in a passenger car, 24% while on foot. The risk of being involved in a accident was notably higher for boys than for girls. 67% of the children harmed while cycling were boys, as were 56% of the children who were walking. The reasons may be that boys are out on the roads more often and that they are more ready to take risks.

In 2016, many of the 6 to 14-year-olds on bikes or on foot were harmed at times when they would be on their way to school. In terms of the casualties of the entire day, 16% of these children were injured or killed in the morning between 7 and 8 o'clock.

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 employment2nd Quarter 201744.2 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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