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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 (11 million) and surface area (35.7 km²), Baden-Württemberg is the third-largest of the German federal states.

The number of jobs subject to social security contributions in Baden-Württemberg rose with respect to the previous month according to the preliminary, seasonally adjusted, extrapolated data of the Federal Employment Agency. Without seasonal adjustment, the number of jobs subject to social security contributions in December was 4 789 100. In the year-on-year comparison between sectors, the predominant picture was of growth across the board. The information and communication sector saw the highest increase, with growth of 5.2%. In Baden-Württemberg, the biggest drop was recorded in the sector of temporary work (-13.5%).

Employment trends compared to the previous year show a more nuanced picture in the districts of the federal state of North Baden-Württemberg in June 2019: trends range from an increase in employment of 4.0% (08135 Heidenheim) to a decrease of 1.6% (08221 Heidelberg, City).

The unemployment rate in Baden-Württemberg was 3.5%.

Without seasonal adjustment, unemployment in February 2020 increased compared to the same month last year by around 20 900 or 10.6% to 217 500 in Baden-Württemberg. Compared to the same month last year, male unemployment in February 2020 increased by 14 900 or 13.6%, whilst female unemployment rose by 5 900 or 6.8%.

The proportion of unemployed women in the reporting month was 42.7%; in the same month last year it was 44.2%.

The number of reported available jobs in February fell by 900, seasonally adjusted, compared to the previous month, after a seasonally adjusted fall of 1 200 in the previous month. Without seasonal adjustment, the number of jobs in February is 84 800. Year on year, this represents a reduction of 25 500 or 23.1%.

The changes in entrants are a better indicator for businesses’ willingness to hire than the changes in existing numbers. In the seasonally and calendar adjusted previous month comparison, the number of reported jobs in February fell by 500. Without seasonal and calendar adjustment, 26 000 jobs were newly reported in Baden-Württemberg in February, a reduction of 8 200 or 24.0% compared to the same month last year.

© Statistics from the Federal Employment Agency – February 2020


Text last edited on: 06/2020