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Germany — Q4 2009 employment falls by 0.4%

18 February 2010
 

According to provisional results from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the number of persons in employment whose place of employment was in Germany amounted to about 40.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, which was a decline of 156,000 persons or 0.4% on a year earlier. Consequently, the decrease of employment continued and accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2009. In the third quarter of 2009, the number of persons in employment had dropped by 101,000 persons or 0.2% from a year earlier.

Compared with the third quarter of 2009, the number of persons in employment increased by 245,000 persons (+0.6%) in the fourth quarter. Upon seasonal adjustment the number of persons in employment decreased by -15,000 persons between the third and the fourth quarters of 2009.

In the fourth quarter 2009, the number of persons in employment in industry (including energy) declined by 342,000 persons or 4.2% from a year earlier. Compared with the same period of the previous year, this was the highest decrease of employment in industry since 1994.

In the service sector the number of persons in employment rose by 172,000 or 0.6% in the fourth quarter 2009 from a year earlier. In construction, some 2.2 million persons in employment were counted in the fourth quarter of 2009, which was 13,000 or 0.6% more than in the fourth quarter of 2008. In agriculture, forestry and fishing, an increase of 1,000 persons in employment or 0.1% was observed in the fourth quarter as compared with the previous year.

The number of employees declined by -156,000 (–0.4%) to about 36.2 million persons in the fourth quarter of 2009. In contrast, the number of self-employed workers remained virtually constant compared with the previous year, amounting to about 4.4 million self-employed and family workers in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The average number of hours worked per person in employment was down by -0.1% to 355 hours in the fourth quarter of 2009 on a year earlier, even though there were two more working days than in the same quarter of the previous year. This was mainly due to the use of short-time working schemes, the rise in part-time employment and the parallel decline in full-time employment. The total number of hours worked, that is, the number of persons in employment multiplied by the hours worked per person in employment, dropped by 0.5% to 14.4 billion hours compared with the fourth quarter of 2008.

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