Berlin's unemployment landscape saw minimal change in December, with figures almost mirroring those of the previous month. According to the Berlin branch of the Federal Employment Agency, 190,818 individuals were unemployed by the year's end. This marked a slight uptick of eleven individuals compared to November and a more substantial increase of 15,768 compared to December of the preceding year. Holding steady at 9.2%, the unemployment rate remained consistent with November, but exhibited a modest rise of 0.6 percentage points compared to the same period the previous year.
Concurrently, Berlin witnessed a surge in the count of workers under social insurance. Ramona Schröder, the director of the Berlin-Brandenburg regional branch, noted a continued upward trajectory in employment and job registrations. As of October last year, approximately 1.69 million individuals were engaged in roles covered by social security, reflecting an increment of about 21,200 from the prior year. It's worth noting that the Federal Employment Agency typically presents employment figures with a lag of a few months.
Furthermore, Berlin's job market depicted a persistent demand for workforce, registering over 19,700 job openings last month, an uptick of nearly 800 compared to December of the preceding year.
Brandenburg Witnesses Seasonal Employment Shifts
Conversely, Brandenburg observed a seasonal uptick in unemployment figures in December. As reported by the regional division of the Federal Employment Agency, the state registered 79,445 unemployed individuals, marking an increase of 1,650 from November and a rise of 3,712 year-on-year. This culminated in an unemployment rate of 6.0% for December, a marginal increase of 0.2 percentage points from November and a 0.3 percentage point rise from the same month in the prior year.
Addressing the regional dynamics, Ramona Schröder commented on the cautious hiring sentiments among companies in Brandenburg juxtaposed with the typical seasonal rise in unemployment. Yet, amidst these trends, there exists a pool of 44,000 available job positions in the region. Schröder encouraged job seekers to engage with agency representatives regarding potential employment opportunities.
In contrast to the unemployment trend, Brandenburg recently observed a dip in workers under social insurance coverage. The data revealed that by October 2023, 890,000 individuals were employed in such roles, marking a decline of 5,000 from the corresponding month in the prior year. This 0.6% contraction places the region 1.3 percentage points below the national average, signaling a distinct employment trend within Brandenburg.
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