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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.

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 2 620 100.

In the year-on-year comparison between sectors in Hesse, the predominant picture was of growth across the board. The sector of the metal, electrical and steel industry saw the highest increase, with growth of 8.4 %. In Hesse, the biggest drop was recorded in the sector of temporary work (-7.7 %).

Employment trends compared to the previous year show a more nuanced picture in the districts of the federal state of Hesse: year-on-year, trends range from an increase in employment of 3.4 % (06412 Frankfurt am Main, city) to a relatively small rise in employment of 0.6 % (06413 Offenbach am Main).

The unemployment rate in Hesse was 4.6 %.

Without seasonal adjustment, unemployment in February fell compared to the same month last year by around 10 300 or 6.2 % to 155 700 in Hesse. Compared to the same month last year, male unemployment in February fell by 4 400 or 4.8 %, whilst female unemployment fell by 5 900 or 8.0 %.

The proportion of unemployed women in the reporting month was 43.7 %; in the same month last year it was 44.6 %.

The number of reported available jobs in February fell by 500, seasonally adjusted, compared to the previous month, after a seasonally adjusted rise of 600 in the previous month.

Without calendar adjustment, the number of jobs in February is 54 100. Year on year, this represents an increase of 1 500 or 2.8 %.

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 1 300.

Without seasonal and calendar adjustment, 14 200 jobs were newly reported in Hesse in February, a reduction of 2 500 or 14.8 % 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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