Bavaria: Minister of Labor: Recovery on the labor market continues

The prospects for the German economy are rather bleak.

Bavaria: Minister of Labor: Recovery on the labor market continues

The prospects for the German economy are rather bleak. However, the Bavarian labor market remains robust. However, the shortage of skilled workers is increasingly becoming a problem.

Nuremberg (dpa/lby) - According to Labor Minister Ulrike Scharf, the spring revival on the labor market will continue despite the Ukraine war and its consequences in Bavaria. "With all the crises and difficulties we are currently experiencing, we have good news," said the CSU politician to the German Press Agency. She expects a slight drop in unemployment in May. Accordingly, the rate could drop by 0.1 points to 2.8 percent.

The regional directorate of the Federal Employment Agency will present the statistics on Tuesday. In April, the number of unemployed in Bavaria was 217,575 - a decrease of 5.5 percent compared to the previous month and almost 23 percent less than a year ago. At the same time, a record number of around 154,000 vacancies was reached, said Scharf. "That means we have a major shortage of skilled workers and workers."

This shows that the economic recovery is continuing despite supply bottlenecks, higher energy costs and inflation, said Scharf. The difficulties only affect certain sectors such as construction, where there is a lack of steel and bitumen. "Some industries are having a very difficult time, and others are running wild." The craftsmen would have their order books full and could no longer keep up.

Because of the new entitlement of Ukrainian refugees to basic security on June 1, the number of Hartz IV recipients will almost certainly increase in Bavaria, said Scharf. "By then, at the latest, thousands of people will be standing in the job centers and submitting their applications." Numbers would be available in mid-June. Sharp is therefore calling on the federal government to better equip the job centers in Bavaria with staff and finances. "I expect the federal government to really move here."

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