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Germany - Baden-Württemberg

Short overview of the labour market


Baden-Württemberg is situated in the south-west of Germany. The state capital is Stuttgart. In terms of both population (10.9 million) and surface area (35.7 km²), Baden-Württemberg is the third-largest of the German federal states.

In December 2017, the unemployment rate in Baden-Württemberg was 3.2%, the national rate being 5.3%. Baden-Württemberg has the second-lowest unemployment rate of all the federal states.

In June 2017, a total of 4 566 739 people were employed in jobs subject to social security deductions. This represented a year-on-year increase of 2.4%.

The main sources of employment in Baden-Württemberg in the middle of 2017 included:

  • Office and secretarial work
  • Mechanical and industrial engineering

Business organisation and strategy

In percentage terms, the strongest jobs growth between June 2016 and June 2017 was recorded in the following sectors:

  • ICT (+6.2%)
  • Other business support services (not including temporary employment agency activities (4.7%)
  • Real estate, professional, scientific and technical services (+4.6%)

A decline in employment (-1.5%) was experienced in the provision of financial and insurance services sector between June 2016 and June 2017.


Text last edited on: 11/2018

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