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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 September 2017, the unemployment rate in Baden-Württemberg was 3.4%, the national rate being 5.5%. Baden-Württemberg has the second-lowest unemployment rate of all the federal states.

In December 2016, a total of 4 528 900 people were employed in jobs subject to social security deductions. This represented a year-on-year increase of 2.5%.

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

•    Metalworking
•    Plumbing, sanitation, heating and air conditioning
•    Economics

In percentage terms, the strongest jobs growth between December 2015 and December 2016 was recorded in the following sectors:

•    ICT (+5.1%)
•    Real estate, professional, scientific and technical services (+4.7%)
•    Other business support services (not including temporary employment agency activities (+4.4%)

A decline in employment (-1.4%) was experienced in the provision of financial and insurance services sector in December 2016.

Text last edited on: 07/2018

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