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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 September 2017, the unemployment rate in Berlin was 8.7%, the national rate being 5.5%. The federal capital therefore has the second-highest unemployment rate when compared with other regions of Germany.

In December 2016, a total of 1 399 100 people were employed in jobs subject to social security deductions. This represented a year-on-year increase of 4.4% in the number of people employed in jobs subject to social security deductions.

The main sources of employment at the beginning of 2017 included:

•    Metalworking
•    Editing and journalism
•    Publishing and media industry

In percentage terms, the strongest jobs growth between December 2015 and December 2016 was recorded in the following sectors:

•    ICT (+10.1%)
•    Agriculture and forestry (+21.6%)
•    Other business support services, not including temporary employment agency activities (+8.5%)

Between February 2016 and February 2017 a small contraction in employment (-1.4%) was seen in the manufacture of predominantly consumer goods.

Text last edited on: 07/2018

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