After the mainly seasonal increase in January, unemployment in the capital declined slightly in the following month. 211,918 people were registered as unemployed in Berlin in February.
That was 580 fewer unemployed than in January, as the regional directorate of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) announced on Tuesday. The unemployment rate was 10.6 per cent, the same as in January. Compared to the same month last year, however, the number of unemployed rose by 55 328, it said. The unemployment rate rose by 2.6 percentage points in the same period.
"The labour market remains stable and is withstanding the lockdown that has been going on for weeks," announced Ramona Schröder, Chairwoman of the Management Board of the Berlin-Brandenburg Regional Directorate. "Short-time work, which is being used by many companies, is contributing to this to a large extent." Nevertheless, demand for labour remains subdued at present. 16,202 vacancies were registered in the capital in February. According to the regional directorate, this was 256 more jobs than in the previous month but 8673 fewer than in February 2020. The number of long-term unemployed in particular had therefore risen significantly, it said.
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