Annual average unemployment figures for Germany 2004-2019

Annual average unemployment figures in Germany have been encouraging in recent years due to falling rates. In 2019, the number of unemployed persons was 2.27 million, compared to 2.9 million 5 years earlier. The share of unemployed foreigners in Germany has also been decreasing gradually.

Jobseekers

By definition, "registered as unemployed" are those who are registered with the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency) or a similar association providing basic social care as "being out of a job (i.e. works less than 15 hours per week), looking for a job, available for the job market." This means that not every employable person in need is unemployed. Thus, persons who do not work are not automatically unemployed. Predictably, German jobseekers also use social media platforms to look for employment, among them foremost professional networks such as LinkedIn and the German Xing. Companies also increasingly use online job platforms to look for employees.

Automation risk

On average, hours worked on the so-called main job in Germany amounted to 34.4 a week in 2017, though of course details depend on individual fields and job types. A rising concern among employees is the threat of job loss due to automation. Estimates until 2030 place manufacturing, as well as wholesale and retail trade at the top of the list as far as high risk in this context is concerned.

Annual average unemployment figures for Germany from 2004 to 2019

Number of unemployed in millions
20192.27
2018 2.34
2017 2.53
2016 2.69
2015 2.79
2014 2.9
2013 2.95
2012 2.9
2011 2.98
2010 3.24
2009 3.41
2008 3.26
2007 3.76
2006 4.49
2005 4.86
2004 4.38
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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

Germany

Survey time period

2004 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* The figure for 2019 is referring to the figure from January to October.

The data for all years up until 2016 was taken from previous publications by the Bundesagentur für Arbeit.

Figures were rounded for a better understanding of the statistic.

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