WIESBADEN - In March 2016, roughly 43.2 million persons resident in Germany were in employment according to provisional calculations of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis). Compared with the same month a year earlier, the number of persons in employment increased by 530,000 or 1.2%. In March 2016, nearly 1.9 million people were unemployed, 137,000 fewer than a year earlier.
According to provisional results of the employment accounts, the number of persons in employment increased by 150,000, or 0.3%, from February to March 2016, one of the reasons being the spring upturn. The increase on February was higher than the relevant average of the past five years (124,000 people). After seasonal adjustment, that is, after the elimination of the usual seasonal fluctuations, the number of persons in employment increased by 44,000, or 0.1%, in March 2016 month on month.
In addition to the first calculation of the number of persons in employment for the reference month of March 2016, the monthly employment results published so far were recalculated for the year 2015 and the months of January and February 2016. The recalculation of the monthly results produced year-on-year rates of change which, at the level of the overall economy, were 0.1 percentage points higher than the previously calculated results. The 2015 rate of change remained unchanged at 0.8%.
Results of the labour force survey show that 1.89 million people were unemployed in March 2016. Compared with the same month a year earlier, the number declined by 137,000 or 6.4%. Adjusted for seasonal and irregular effects, the number of unemployed stood at 1.80 million, which was a decline of roughly 17,000 on a month earlier. The adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2% in March 2016, which was a slight decrease compared with the previous month (4.3%).
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), 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).
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.
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 Demetra ; calculation by Eurostat).
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.