Erfurt (dpa/th) - Due to the restrictions caused by the corona pandemic, the people of Thuringia worked fewer hours in 2020 than in the previous year. The decline was an average of 3.5 percent, said the State Office for Statistics on Wednesday in Erfurt. In addition, the number of people in employment decreased by 5.2 percent, which also contributed to the reduction in the number of hours worked.
According to this information, the Thuringian workforce worked a total of 1.4 billion hours in 2020. The number of hours worked decreased the most in the district of Sonneberg (minus 9.2 percent) and the least in the city of Erfurt (minus 3.1 percent).
The decline primarily affected the economic sectors of trade, transport and warehousing, hospitality, information and communication as well as financial, insurance and corporate service providers, real estate and housing (each minus 7.3 percent). According to the statisticians, the area of public and other service providers, education, health and domestic services was significantly less affected (minus 1.9 percent).