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Press release 260 / 2018-07-13: Unused labour supply in 2017: 5.1 million people want to work (more)

WIESBADEN – In 2017, just under 5.1 million people aged 15 to 74 years wanted to have a job or to work more hours, according to results of the labour force survey. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that their number fell by 373,000 (–6.9%) compared with the previous year.

The unused labour supply consisted of 1.6 million unemployed, 1.0 million people in the hidden labour force and a total of 2,4 million underemployed persons.

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