Germany Unemployment Rate  1950-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

German seasonally adjusted harmonised jobless rate was recorded at 4.5 percent in December 2015, unchanged from the November rate and remaining at its lowest level since 1981. The number of unemployed was steady while persons in employment rose slightly. A year ago the unemployment rate was recorded at 4.9 percent. Unemployment Rate in Germany averaged 5.66 percent from 1950 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 14.20 percent in February of 1950 and a record low of 0.40 percent in June of 1962. Unemployment Rate in Germany is reported by the Federal Statistics Office.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
4.50 4.50 14.20 0.40 1950 - 2015 percent Monthly
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In Germany, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Germany Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Germany Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-01-05 08:55 AM Nov 4.5% 4.5% 4.5%
2016-02-02 08:55 AM Dec 4.5% 4.5% 4.5%
2016-02-02 08:55 AM Jan 6.2% 6.3% 6.3% 6.3%
2016-03-01 08:55 AM Feb 6.2% 6.2%
2016-03-01 08:55 AM Jan 4.5% 4.5%
2016-03-31 07:55 AM Mar 6.3%

German Jobless Rate at 4.5% for 4th Straight Month


German seasonally adjusted harmonised jobless rate was recorded at 4.5 percent in December 2015, unchanged from the November rate and remaining at its lowest level since 1981. The number of unemployed was steady while persons in employment rose slightly. A year ago the unemployment rate was recorded at 4.9 percent.

Compared to the previous month, the number of unemployed persons was recorded at 1.91 million, the same as in November, while employment went up by only 0.1 percent to 40.24 million people from 40.19 million in the previous month.

Compared with December of 2014, unemployment dropped 6.4 percent from 2.04 million people while employment rose 0.8 percent from 39.92 million people. 

Youth unemployment rate was recorded at 7 percent, the same as in the previous month and down from 7.3 percent a year earlier.

Separate data from the Labour Office showed the number of unemployed persons fell by a higher-than-expected 20,000 to 2.732 million in January of 2016. The unemployment rate fell to a fresh record low of 6.2 percent.

Destatis | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
2/2/2016 9:55:35 AM

Germany Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 4.50 4.50 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
Employed Persons 43183.00 43132.00 43183.00 37643.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployed Persons 2920.40 2681.40 5288.20 85.00 Thousand [+]
Unemployment Change -20.00 -14.00 264.00 -97.00 Thousand [+]
Long Term Unemployment Rate 1.90 2.10 6.30 1.90 percent [+]
Youth Unemployment Rate 7.00 7.00 15.60 5.70 percent [+]
Productivity 101.30 101.60 105.60 17.00 Index Points [+]
Labour Costs 109.12 109.27 109.27 78.58 Index Points [+]
Job Vacancies 580.80 590.90 891.70 57.80 Thousand [+]
Wages 3527.00 3449.00 3527.00 1832.00 EUR/Month [+]
Wages in Manufacturing 171.20 104.90 171.20 7.70 Index Points [+]
Wage Growth 2.40 2.70 2.70 -1.40 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 8.50 8.50 8.50 8.50 EUR/Hour [+]
Population 81.17 80.52 82.54 72.54 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 65.30 65.23 65.30 65.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.30 65.23 65.30 65.00 [+]
Employment Change 0.30 0.20 1.00 -0.80 percent [+]
Employment Rate 74.20 73.60 74.20 63.60 percent [+]
Full Time Employment 28750.90 28402.70 29113.80 26748.40 Thousand [+]
Part Time Employment 10474.80 10536.60 10536.60 6330.60 Thousand [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 60.30 59.90 60.70 56.90 percent [+]




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