Press releases - 43.3 million persons in employment in April 2016 - Federal Statistical Office (Destatis)
WIESBADEN - In April 2016, roughly 43.3 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 sharply by 548,000 or 1.3%. Roughly 1.8 million people were unemployed in April 2016, 272,000 fewer than a year earlier.
According to provisional results of the employment accounts, the number of persons in employment increased by 171,000, or 0.4%, from March to April 2016, one of the reasons being the spring upturn. The increase on March was higher than the relevant average of the past five years ( 154,000 people). After seasonal adjustment, that is, after the elimination of the usual seasonal fluctuations, the number of persons in employment increased by 41,000, or 0.1%, in April 2016 month on month.
Results of the labour force survey show that 1.76 million people were unemployed in April 2016. Compared with the same month a year earlier, the number declined by 272,000 or 13.3%. Adjusted for seasonal and irregular effects, the number of unemployed stood at 1.78 million, which was a decline of roughly 16,000 on a month earlier. The adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2% again in April 2016.
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.