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Press release 052 / 2019-02-15: Number of employees in manufacturing in December 2018: +2.5% year on year

At the end of December 2018, 5.7 million people worked in local units of manufacturing with 50 or more persons employed in Germany. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on the basis of provisional results, that was a rise by about 140,000 persons or 2.5% against December 2017.

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Press release 053 / 2019-02-15: Area under blueberry cultivation up by roughly two thirds since 2012

Area under blueberry cultivation

Blueberries were cultivated on an area of 3,040 hectares in Germany in 2018. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the area under cultivation rose by 66% since it had first been covered in 2012. In 2018, cultivated blueberries grew on roughly one third of the total area under cultivation with bush berries in Germany (just under 9,210 hectares). The largest share of the total area of bush berry cultivation was in Niedersachsen (roughly one quarter).

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IN FOCUS / 2019-01-08

Tax declaration: average refund of 974 euros

There is still time until 31 July - but many taxpayers prefer doing their income tax declaration early in the year.

In 2014, there were roughly 24.1 million taxpayers in Germany who were subject to unlimited tax liability and received income exclusively from dependent employment and possibly from capital.

13.3 million of these taxpayers were assessed for income tax; 11.6 million of them received a tax refund.The average refund was 974 euros. Very often, the amount refunded was between 100 and 1,000 euros (59%). For 9% of those concerned, the refund was less than 100 euros. In 1% of the cases, the local tax offices refunded amounts of over 5,000 euros.

1.5 million taxpayers had to make additional payments to the local tax office, with the average amount being 10,020 euros. Just like the tax refunds, the additional payments of taxes were most often between 100 and 1,000 euros (55%). 25% of the taxpayers had to pay small amounts of less than 100 euros. Only 3% of the taxpayers were affected by large amounts of over 5,000 euros.

Current WISTA edition: connection between truck mileage and industrial production

The Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) has developed the truck toll mileage index based on the data from truck toll collection. Can this index complement the short-term economic statistics of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) and, especially, can it illustrate a connection between mileage and industrial production?

To examine this question, the BAG and Destatis carried out a cooperation project whose results are described in the article Digitale Prozessdaten aus der Lkw-Mauterhebung – neuer Baustein der amtlichen Konjunkturstatistiken published in the 6/2018 edition of our WISTA scientific journal. Since mid-December 2018, the truck toll mileage index has been published on the Destatis website as an unadjusted value, in a seasonally adjusted form and as a trend. At the same time, it has been integrated in the Business Cycle Monitor.

Key figures

Population30.09.201883.0 mn
Persons in employment201844.8 mn
Economic growth (GDP)20181.5%
Inflation rate (CPI)December 20181.7%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20181.7%
Public debt201764.1%

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