Annual average unemployment rate in Germany 2005-2023

Annual average unemployment rate in Germany from 2005 to 2023

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Release date

January 2024



Survey time period

2005 to 2023

Supplementary notes

Figures preceding 2019 originate from earlier publications of the Federal Employment Agency.

The unemployment rate shows the share of unemployed in the total number of civilian employees and is a guiding confirmation of the state of the employment market and the job situation, as well as being a part of unemployment statistics. The Federal Employment Agency defines unemployment as follows: "Unemployed is that person who does not have an occupation (less than 15 weekly hours), is looking for a job, is a the disposal of the job market and is registered as unemployed in a employment agency or a basic provision body. By this definition not all those in need of help and able to work are to be counted as unemployed." Thus, a person is not automatically unemployed just because he or she is not working.

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