Unemployment in Berlin falls slightly and rises in Brandenburg

From BZ/dpa

Unemployment in Berlin has again fallen slightly. In Brandenburg it rose slightly.

In December, 175,050 people in the capital were registered as unemployed, as the regional directorate of the Federal Employment Agency announced on Tuesday. That was 541 fewer than in November and 4241 fewer than a year ago.

“One reason for the slight drop in unemployment is the traditionally strong Christmas business and mainly affects the areas of trade, logistics and temporary work,” said Ramona Schröder, CEO of the regional directorate, according to the announcement.

The unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in December, down 0.1 points from the previous month. Compared to December 2021, the rate fell by 0.2 points.

According to the information, the number of vacancies in Berlin was 18,930 – 2,894 fewer than in the same month last year. 5886 new vacancies were reported accordingly.

The number of unemployed in Brandenburg increases slightly due to seasonal factors

As is usual in winter, the number of unemployed in Brandenburg rose slightly in December. 75,733 people were registered as unemployed in the state last month.

That was 1274 more than in November and 3970 more than in December of the previous year. The unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, 0.1 points higher than in the previous month and 0.3 percentage points higher than in December last year.

“In Brandenburg, unemployment has increased slightly, but seasonally adjusted, as in Berlin, it has fallen a little,” said Ramona Schröder, head of the Berlin-Brandenburg regional office. In particular, the traditionally strong Christmas business contributed to the stabilization.

Companies are still looking for large numbers of workers. The employment agencies recorded a total of 25,759 vacancies in December, 247 more than in the same month last year.