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Germany - Berlin

Short overview of the labour market


Berlin, the federal capital, has about 3.5 million inhabitants, making it the largest city in Germany and the most densely populated federal state. There is an average of 3 950 residents per square kilometre. Berlin is completely surrounded by Brandenburg and is approximately 70 km from the Polish border to the east.

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 1 503 400.

In the year-on-year comparison between sectors, the predominant picture in Berlin was of growth across the board. The agriculture, forestry and fishing sector saw the highest increase, with growth of 20.8 %. In Berlin, the biggest drop was recorded in the sector of temporary work (-2.7 %).

The unemployment rate in Berlin was 7.9 %.

Without seasonal adjustment, unemployment in February fell compared to the same month last year by around 12 200 or 7.4 % to 153 100 in Berlin. Compared to the same month last year, male unemployment in February fell by 7 300 or 7.7 %, whilst female unemployment fell by 4 800 or 6.9 %.

The proportion of unemployed women in the reporting month was 42.8 %; in the same month last year it was 42.6 %.

The number of reported available jobs in February rose by 3 300, 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 30 300. Year on year, this represents an increase of 5 700 or 23.0 %.

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 increased by 2 000.

Without seasonal and calendar adjustment, 10 300 jobs were newly reported in Berlin in February, an increase of 2 300 or 28.0 % 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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