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Press release 408 / 2018-10-19: Number of recipients of minimum social security benefits at the end of 2017 down 3.5% on a year earlier

According to information from the competent authorities, almost 7.6 million people received minimum social security benefits in Germany at the end of 2017. This was a decrease of 3.5% compared with the end of 2016. At the end of 2017, the number of recipients as a percentage of the population amounted to 9.2%. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the percentage decreased for the second year in a row. At the end of 2016, nearly 7.9 million people, or 9.5% of Germany's population, received minimum social security benefits (end of 2015: 9.7%).

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Press release 409 / 2018-10-19: Start of the European Statistics Competition for schools

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To coincide with the European Statistics Day on 20 October, the European Statistics Competition for schools organised for the first time by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) in cooperation with Eurostat in Germany is starting in the country. This competition is supported by the following partners: the Federal Employment Agency (BA), the German Statistical Society (DStatG) and the German Consortium in Statistics (DAGStat).

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Federal Constitutional Court declares 2011 Census constitutional

On 19 September 2018 the Federal Constitutional Court delivered its judgment on the constitutionality of the 2011 Census Act and the related Sample Ordinance. The Court ruled that the Act is constitutional. The statistical offices of the Federation and the Länder will analyse the judgment thoroughly and continue with the preparatory work for the 2021 Census.

The 2011 Census was held in Germany to determine the official size of the population and obtain further detailed population, employment and housing stock data. The official size of the population in Germany provided by the 2011 Census is of great importance for the political sphere, administration and the business community. It serves as a basis for continuous population statistics, fiscal equalisation schemes among the Länder and among municipalities, and the delimitation of constituency boundaries, to mention but a few.

Brexit Monitor: Interactive charts on the UK and its pending exit from the European Union

In March 2017, following the Brexit referendum, the British Government formally initiated the process which will ultimately lead to the country's departure from the European Union. It is currently difficult to predict the precise consequences, but the Brexit decision and the departure from the EU is expected to impact on the economy, foreign trade, the labour market and migration. Our Brexit Monitor looks at the development in the United Kingdom using selected socio-economic indicators. Since the country is linked in a number of ways with the other EU states, the interactive charts also present the development in Germany and in the EU as a whole.

Current WISTA edition: Impact of minimum wage on the structure of earnings

The introduction of the minimum wage in 2015 has had a sustainable effect on the German labour market. Have the introduction and the first increase in the minimum wage also impacted on the structure of earnings?

This is what Kathrin Kann examines in her article on Impact of minimum wage on the structure of earnings in the 5/2018 issue of our WISTA scientific journal. She uses the results of the structure of earnings survey of 2014 and of voluntary earnings surveys taken in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The results show that the minimum wage has had an impact especially at the bottom end of the distribution of earnings. The first effect was a shift of lower-paid jobs towards the minimum wage of 8.50 euros (gross) per hour worked. After the first minimum wage increase in January 2017, to 8.84 euros, hourly earnings continued to move towards higher hourly pay.

Key figures

Population31.03.201882.8 mn
Persons in employment2nd Quarter 201844.8 mn
Economic growth (GDP)2nd Quarter 20180.5%
Inflation rate (CPI)September 20182.3%
Share in gross domestic product
Net lending20171.0%
Public debt201764.1%

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Europe in figures features the wide range of data offered by the European statistical office (Eurostat) and enables comparisons between the EU Member States.

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The Brexit Monitor presents the developments in the United Kingdom, Germany and the EU based on selected socio-economic indicators.

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