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Germany - Bremen

Short overview of the labour market


The federal state known as the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen has as its capital the municipality of Bremen. The state also encompasses the municipality of Bremerhaven, located 60 kilometres further north. Bremen is the tenth largest city in Germany. However, Bremen is Germany’s smallest federal state in terms of population and surface area. Of its population of almost 670 000 inhabitants, some 557 000 live in Bremen itself with a further 114 000 in Bremerhaven.

In December 2017, the unemployment rate in Bremen (including Bremerhaven) was 9.9%, the national rate being 5.3%. Bremen therefore has the highest unemployment rate when compared with other regions of Germany.

In June 2017, a total of 325 375 people were employed in jobs subject to social security deductions. This represented a year-on-year increase of 1.8% in the number of people employed in jobs subject to social security deductions.

The main sources of employment in the middle of 2017 included:

  • warehouse management, post, delivery and goods handling, office and secretarial work;
  • mechanical and industrial engineering

In percentage terms, the strongest jobs growth between December 2015 and June 2017 was recorded in the following sectors:

  • Education (+5.6%)
  • Real estate, professional, scientific and technical services (+5.2%)
  • Other economic services (+5.2%)

Between June 2016 and June 2017, there was again a fall in the number of jobs in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sector (-10.7%). There were also job losses in the manufacturing sector (-1.2%) and in the provision of financial and insurance services (-1.5%).


Text last edited on: 11/2018

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