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Germany - Thüringen

Short overview of the labour market


With a population of some 2.2 million and an area of about 16 000 km², Thuringia is one of Germany’s smaller federal states. Its population density is also below the German average. The largest city, and state capital, is Erfurt, the next-largest city being Jena. Thuringia is a landlocked federal state with no coastline or border to any foreign country. Its neighbouring states are Saxony to the east and south-east, Saxony-Anhalt to the north and north-east, Lower Saxony to the north-west, Hesse to the west and Bavaria to the south.

The number of jobs subject to social security contributions 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 January was 801 100.

In the year-on-year comparison between sectors, the predominant picture in Thuringia was of growth across the board. The information and communication sector saw the highest increase, with growth of 7.8 %. In Thuringia, the biggest drop was recorded in the sector of temporary work (-10.3 %).

Employment trends in June 2018 compared to the previous year show a more nuanced picture in the districts of the federal state of Thuringia: year-on-year, trends range from an increase in employment of 3.9 % (16067 Gotha) to a fall in employment of 1.4 % (16054 Suhl).

The unemployment rate in Thuringia was 5.8 %.

Without seasonal adjustment, unemployment in February fell compared to the same month last year by around 5 200 or 7.5 % to 65 000 in Thuringia. Compared to the same month last year, male unemployment in February fell by 2 800 or 6.9 %, whilst female unemployment fell by 2 500 or 8.3 %.

The proportion of unemployed women in the reporting month was 41.9 %; in the same month last year it was 42.2 %.

The number of reported available jobs fell by 400 in February, seasonally adjusted, compared to the previous month, after there was no seasonally adjusted rise or fall in the previous month.

Without calendar adjustment, the number of jobs in February is 24 700. Year on year, this represents a reduction of 1 200 or -4.6 %.

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 200.

Without seasonal and calendar adjustment, 6 500 jobs were newly reported in Thuringia in February, a reduction of 1 000 or 13.3% compared to the same month last year.

© Statistics from the Federal Employment Agency – February 2019


Text last edited on: 06/2019

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