Despite Ukrainian refugees: the number of unemployed falls compared to the previous year

Since June 1, Ukrainians who have fled to Germany have been included in the unemployment statistics.

Despite Ukrainian refugees: the number of unemployed falls compared to the previous year

Since June 1, Ukrainians who have fled to Germany have been included in the unemployment statistics. This affects the current rate. Compared to June 2021, however, the development is positive. The job market as a whole remains stable, they say.

Unemployment in Germany has fallen compared to the previous year. In June, 2.363 million people were unemployed. That's 251,000 fewer than a year ago, according to the Federal Employment Agency. However, due to the registration of Ukrainian refugees, unemployment has risen again for the first time compared to the previous months.

In June, 2.363 million people were unemployed. That is 103,000 more than in May. The unemployment rate rose 0.3 points to 5.2 percent. The seasonally adjusted number of unemployed rose by 133,000. This also reflects the statistical effect of the Ukraine refugees, since the number of registered unemployed generally falls slightly in June.

"The labor market as a whole continues to be stable," said Detlef Scheele, CEO of the Federal Employment Agency. "Unemployment and underemployment increased sharply in June. However, these increases are due to the fact that the Ukrainian refugees are now being registered in the job centers and are therefore visible in the labor market statistics," he said. For its June statistics, the Federal Agency used data that was available up to June 13th.

Despite the consequences of the Ukraine war, short-time work continues to decline. In April, short-time work benefits were paid to 401,000 people. More recent figures are not available. Between June 1st and 26th, advertisements were received for a further 35,000 people. It is still unclear whether short-time work will actually be used for this.

The number of people in employment in Germany continues to rise. At 45.50 million people, it was 772,000 higher than in the previous year, the Federal Agency said, citing data from the Federal Statistical Office. BA CEO Scheele is leaving office in a month. From August, his successor will be the former SPD party leader and Federal Labor Minister Andrea Nahles.

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