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Germany - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Short overview of the labour market


Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has a population of around 1.6 million inhabitants and an area of some 23 180 km2. This means that Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has the lowest population density of any federal state. The state capital is Schwerin.

In December 2017, the unemployment rate in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was 8.4%, the national rate being 5.3%. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania therefore has the third-highest unemployment rate when compared with other regions of Germany.

In June 2017, a total of 567 650 people were employed in jobs subject to social security deductions. This represented a year-on-year increase of 1.3% 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
  • Sales (without product specialisation)
  • 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:

  • Manufacturing (in particular: production of consumer goods) (+4.0%)
  • Transportation and storage (+2.8%)
  • Residential care and social work activities (+4.8%)

Between June 2016 and June 2017 there was a fall in the number of jobs in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries (-2.3%), education (-2.7%) and financial and insurance services sectors (-1.2%).


Text last edited on: 11/2018

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