Robust upward trend in employment continues in June 2017

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Headline: Robust upward trend in employment continues in June 2017

WIESBADEN – In June 2017, roughly 44.2 million persons resident in Germany were in employment according to provisional calculations of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). This was a record high since German reunification. Compared with June 2016, the number of persons in employment increased by 657,000 or 1.5%. In the other months of the first half of 2017, the year-on-year growth rates had been 1.5%, too. Roughly 1.6 million people were unemployed in June 2017, 236,000 fewer than a year earlier.According to provisional results of the employment accounts, the number of persons in employment rose by 84,000, or 0.2%, in June 2017 month on month. The increase from May to June 2017 was higher than the relevant average of the past five years (+59,000 people). After seasonal adjustment, that is, after the elimination of the usual seasonal fluctuations, the number of persons in employment increased by 45,000, or 0.1%, in June 2017 month on month.

In addition to calculating first employment data for the reference month of June 2017, the provisional monthly, quarterly and annual employment results were recalculated from 2013 as part of the regular revision of national accounting results. All sources of employment statistics that had additionally become available until this time of calculation were taken into account for the employment accounts. For the monthly employment figures, the recalculation resulted in year-on-year change rates which are by a maximum of 0.1 percentage points higher or lower than the results published earlier.

Results of the labour force survey show that there were 1.56 million unemployed in June 2017. Compared with the previous month, the number declined by 4,000 or 0.6%. Adjusted for seasonal and irregular effects, the number of unemployed stood at 1.63 million. It was down by roughly 20,000 people from the previous month. The adjusted unemployment rate was 3.8% in June 2017.

Detailed data and long time series are available from the GENESIS-Online database. The data on persons in employment from employment accounts are available in tables 13321-0001 (months) and 13321-0002 (quarters) and 81000-0011 (years). Data on persons in employment and unemployed persons from the labour force survey can be found in tables 13231-0001 (months).
I. Employment accountsPersons in employment whose place of residence is in Germany 1YearMonthOriginal valuesSeasonally adjusted 2personschange onprevious monthchange on thesame month ofthe previous yearpersonschange onprevious monthin millionin %in millionin % 1 Results of employment accounts as part of national accounting: persons in employment whose place of residence is in Germany (resident concept). The respective time series for persons in employment whose place of work is in Germany (domestic concept) are presented here. 2 Seasonal adjustment by Census X-12-Arima.2014January42.159–0.70.742.4630.2February42.2050.10.842.5060.1March42.3180.30.942.5240.0April42.4830.41.042.5740.1May42.5810.20.942.5810.0June42.6340.10.942.6080.1July42.6500.00.942.6470.1August42.6670.00.842.6380.0September42.8660.50.842.6640.1October42.9770.30.842.7000.1November42.9670.00.742.6860.0December42.780–0.40.742.7110.12015January42.427–0.80.642.7320.0February42.4750.10.642.7730.1March42.6400.40.842.8370.1April42.8030.40.842.8880.1May42.9230.30.842.9200.1June43.0060.20.942.9730.1July43.0340.10.943.0310.1August43.0810.11.043.0540.1September43.2950.51.043.0950.1October43.4000.21.043.1280.1November43.4750.21.243.1980.2December43.323–0.31.343.2560.12016January42.975–0.81.343.2870.1February43.0470.21.343.3450.1March43.2120.41.343.4020.1April43.3480.31.343.4300.1May43.4750.31.343.4710.1June43.5500.21.343.5110.1July43.520––0.31.443.8460.22017January43.610–0.71.543.9280.2February43.6790.21.543.9810.1March43.8420.41.544.0300.1April43.9900.31.544.0700.1May44.1230.31.544.1180.1June44.2070.21.544.1630.1
II. Labour force surveyUnemployed persons and persons in employment 1June2017Previous monthSame month of the previous yearMay2017ChangeJune2016Change 1 Persons in households aged 15 to 74 years. Extrapolated on the basis of key population figures from the 2011 Census. 2 Share of unemployed in the labour force (persons in employment and unemployed) aged 15 to 74 years. 3 Share of persons in employment in all persons aged 15 to 74 years. 4 Trend cycle component (X-12-ARIMA method using JDemetra+; calculation by Eurostat).Original valuesin millionin %in millionin %Unemployed persons1.561.57–0.61.80–13.3Persons in employment41.3941.050.840.911.2shares in %in %shares in %in %Unemployment rate 23.63.7–2.74.2–14.3Employment rate 366.966.30.965.91.5Adjusted results 4in millionin %in millionin %Unemployed persons1.631.65–1.21.81–9.9Persons in employment41.2941. in %in percentage pointsshares in %in percentage pointsUnemployment rate 23.83.9–0.14.2–0.4including: Men4.24.3–0.14.5–0.3Women3.33.4–0.13.8–0.5Persons aged under 25 years6.76.8–0.17.1–0.4Persons aged 25 to 74 years3.–0.4Employment rate 366.766. notes:As of reference year 2016, the sample of the microcensus, and of the labour force survey integrated in it, has been put on the 2011 Census data basis. Due to this changeover, the comparability of the results of the microcensus 2016 with those of previous years is limited. More details.

The number of persons in employment as obtained in the employment accounts and that from the labour force survey differ. The differences are due to the different concepts applied in the two statistical systems. For more information on the background of the differences in results between the labour force survey and the employment accounts.

Persons in employment and unemployed persons are counted according to the employment status concept of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Therefore, unemployment as shown here must not be confused with registered unemployment as published by the Federal Employment Agency. In the European Statistical System, the results of the labour force survey are used as a standard basis for calculating unemployment rates.

Annual results, quarterly results and more monthly results are available: Employment.Under “Unemployment”, the results adjusted by means of the Berlin method (BV4.1) are additionally available (trend cycle component).

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For further information:on employment accounts:Ulf-Karsten Keil,tel: +49 (0) 611 / 75 26 33,Christoph-Martin Maitel: +49 (0) 611 / 75 33 78

on the labour force survey:Andreas Grau,tel: +49 (0) 611 / 75 21 24,contact form
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