Number of employees in manufacturing rose for the first time in 2020

Steel production, about dts
Steel production, about dts
The number of people employed in the manufacturing sector rose slightly in September.

A total of around 5,5 million people work in manufacturing companies with 50 or more employees, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Monday. Compared to August 2020, this corresponds to an increase of 0,2 percent.

This means that the number of employees developed positively for the first time this year compared to the previous month. Compared to the same month last year, however, the number of employees fell by 172.000 or 3,0 percent - and that affects almost all branches of the manufacturing industry. According to statisticians, the number of employees in metal production and processing fell the most, at -5,8 percent. The figures also fell significantly in the manufacture of rubber and plastic goods (-5,0 percent), in mechanical engineering (-4,5 percent), in the manufacture of metal products (-4,4 percent), in the manufacture of electrical goods Equipment (-4,0 percent) and in the manufacture of vehicles and vehicle parts (-3,6 percent).

The number of employees in the manufacture of data processing equipment, electronic and optical products fell slightly (-0,9 percent). In contrast, the number of employees in the manufacture of chemical products increased by 1,6 percent compared to the same month last year. It should be noted that short-time workers count as employees and the number of short-time workers is not reflected in the number of employees. The effects of the corona crisis could be clearly seen in the hours worked in September 2020 across all economic sectors: The hours worked in September 2020 decreased by 2019 percent to 3,9 million hours compared to September 683 ?? although September 2020 even had one working day (in Thuringia 2 working days) more than the same month last year.

The wages for employees in the manufacturing sector totaled around 2020 billion euros in September 22,5, the statisticians said. Compared to the same month last year, this was a decrease of 4,3 percent. The short-time work allowance received by employees is not part of the proven remuneration.