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Unemployment rate in Berlin falls to 8.7 percent

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The start of the season for many outdoor jobs is causing unemployment in Berlin to fall further.

In April, 176,717 women and men were registered as unemployed in Berlin - 2869 fewer than in March, as the Federal Employment Agency reported on Tuesday (May 03, 2022). The unemployment rate fell compared to the previous month by 0.1 points to 8.7 percent. There is a significant decline in a year-by-year comparison: compared to April 2021, the number of unemployed people in Berlin fell by more than 33,000 and the citywide unemployment rate decreased by 1.8 percentage points.

Short-term incapacity to work not included in unemployment figures

The unemployment rate does not include unemployed persons who, for example, are undergoing further training or are temporarily unable to work. If they are included, 230,532 Berliners are currently out of work. This so-called underemployment is a good 31,000 lower than a year ago.

High demand for workers in many industries

"Seasonal businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors and the construction industry are looking for workers, but all other industries in the region are signaling a high demand for new staff as well," explained Berlin-Brandenburg Agency Director Ramona Schröder. Almost 22,000 open positions are reported, a good 6,000 more than a year ago.

Author: dpa/
Publication date: 3 May 2022
Last updated: 3 May 2022

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