In October, unemployment in Berlin fell to its lowest level since reunification. The unemployment rate was 7.7 per cent, the number of unemployed people was below 150,000 for the first time, as the Berlin-Brandenburg Regional Directorate of the Federal Employment Agency said on 30 October 2018.
There were 149,253 unemployed people, 3302 less than in September and 13,406 less than in October 2017. The unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 points compared to the previous month and by 0.9 points compared to the same month last year.
Berlin has strongest employment growth of all Federal States
Bernd Becking, Managing Director of the Regional Directorate, pointed out that the number of unemployed in 2005 was twice as high, more than 300,000 women and men. "Berlin shows the strongest employment growth of all federal states. Within four years, the number of employees subject to social security contributions has risen by more than 200,000. This also benefits people who previously had a hard time," Becking pointed out.
Vocational training report 2017/18
According to the survey, 22,082 young people registered with the agency's career guidance service in Berlin from October 2017 to the end of September 2018 in order to receive support in their search for a training place. This was 1266 more applicants than in the previous year. At the end of September, 3445 applicants were still without a training place, 1097 more than a year ago. At the same time, 1711 in-company training places were still vacant, 514 more than in September 2017.