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Germany - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Short overview of the labour market


Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has a population of around 1.61 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.

The number of jobs subject to social security contributions in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania 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 December was 576 000. In the year-on-year comparison between sectors, the predominant picture was of growth across the board. The information and communication sector saw the highest percentage increase, with growth of 4.5%. In absolute terms, the highest rate of employment growth was in the healthcare sector (+1 600). In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the biggest percentage drop was recorded in the sector of temporary work (-4.6%). In absolute terms, the fall in employment was greater in the sector ‘other services, private households with employed persons’.

Employment trends compared to the previous year show a more nuanced picture in the districts of the federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in June 2019: trends range from an increase in employment of 2.3% in the Hanseatic City of Rostock to a slight decline of 0.4% in the district of Ludwigslust-Parchim.

The unemployment rate in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania was 7.6%.

Without seasonal adjustment, unemployment in February 2020 fell compared to the same month last year by around 5 900 or 8.6% to 62 700 in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Compared to the same month last year, male unemployment in February 2020 fell by 3 300 or 8.5%, whilst female unemployment fell by 2 500 or 8.7%.

The proportion of unemployed women in the reporting month was 42.5%; in the same month last year it was 42.6%.

The number of reported available jobs in February fell by 500, seasonally adjusted, compared to the previous month, after a seasonally adjusted fall of 300 in the previous month. Without seasonal adjustment, the number of jobs in February is 17 400. Year on year, this represents an increase of 500 or 3.1%.

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 100. Without seasonal and calendar adjustment, 4 900 jobs were newly reported in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in February, a reduction of 800 or 14.7% compared to the same month last year.

© Statistics from the Federal Employment Agency – February 2020


Text last edited on: 06/2020

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