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Germany - Hessen

Short overview of the labour market


Hesse has around 6.2 million residents in total, and its southern parts are among the most densely populated regions of Germany. Two-thirds of the population live in the Rhine-Main area. The state capital is Wiesbaden, and the largest city is Frankfurt am Main.

In December 2017, the unemployment rate in Hesse was 4.7%, the national rate being 5.3%. Hesse therefore has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate when compared with other regions of Germany.

In June 2017, a total of 2 524 156 people were employed in jobs subject to social security deductions. This represented a year-on-year increase of 2.5% in the number of people employed in jobs subject to social security deductions.

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

  • Office and secretarial work
  • Business organisation and strategy

Warehouse management, post, delivery, goods handling

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

  • Temporary employment agency activities (+7.9%)
  • ICT (+6.7%)
  • Construction (+5.6%)


Text last edited on: 11/2018

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