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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 September 2017, the unemployment rate in Hesse was 4.8%, the national rate be-ing 5.5%. Hesse therefore has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate when compared with other regions of Germany.

In December 2016, a total of 2 506 400 people were employed in jobs subject to social security deductions. This represented a year-on-year increase of 2.4% in the number of people employed in jobs subject to social security deductions.

The main sources of employment at the beginning of 2017 included:

•    Metalworking
•    Production of foodstuffs, luxury goods and tobacco products
•    Administration

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

•    Other business support services (not including temporary employment agency activities (+7.4 %)
•    Residential care and social work activities (+8.9%)
•    Manufacturing (7.5%)

Between February 2016 and February 2017, there was a decline in the number of jobs in the provision of financial and insurance services (-0.8%).

Text last edited on: 07/2018

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