Employment in Germany at highest level since reunification

21 August 2017
Nurses in in the Agaplesion Markus Hospital in Frankfurt am Main

Employment at record high

According to provisional results of the German Statistical Office (Destatis) the number of persons in employment has continued to increase in the second quarter of 2017. Compared to the second quarter of 2016, the number has risen by 664,000 to a total of 44.2 million. This is the highest number since reunification.

The growth rate year on year was 1.5 percent.

Compared with the first quarter of 2017, the number of persons in employment rose by 475,000 (+1.1 percent).

Seasonal growth in employment is typical in the second quarter of a year due to the increase in outdoor work in spring.

In 2017, however, the increase was higher than the relevant average of the past five years (+429,000 people). After seasonal adjustment the number of persons in employment increased by 138,000, or 0.3 percent, in the second quarter of 2017 compared with the previous quarter.

A record level of employment has already been reached with 43.7 million in the first quarter of this year.

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