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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.

In December 2017, the unemployment rate in Berlin was 8.4%, the national rate being 5.3%. The federal capital therefore has the second-highest unemployment rate when compared with other regions of Germany.

In June 2017, a total of 1 426 462 people were employed in jobs subject to social security deductions. This represented a year-on-year increase of 4.3% 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
  • Education, social work and special needs care

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

  • ICT (+10.8%)
  • Other business support services, not including temporary employment agency activities (+7.9%)
  • Transportation and storage (+5.7%)

A large contraction in employment (-10.7 %) was seen in the manufacture of predominantly consumer goods from June 2016 to June 2017.


Text last edited on: 11/2018

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