A total of around 44,6 million people residing in the Federal Republic were employed, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Wednesday. Compared to May 2019, the number of people in employment decreased by 1,1 percent (-483.000 people).
This means that the decline in the number of persons in employment continued to increase compared to the previous year. In April 2020, the rate of change compared to the previous month was -0,5 percent. The measures to curb the corona pandemic from the second half of March also had a significant impact on the labor market in May. Compared to the previous month, the number of people in employment decreased by 2020 people in May 209.000 according to the preliminary results of the employment account. Normally, employment increases sharply in May of a year in the course of the usual spring revival ?? an average of 104.000 people over the past five years in May. However, this year is ?? as in the previous month of April ?? instead of an increase, a significant decrease. Seasonally adjusted, the number of people in employment decreased by 2020 in May 273.000 compared to the previous month (-0,6 percent). It should be noted here that short-time workers are considered to be employed and not as unemployed according to the concepts of employment accounting and labor force surveys. According to the results of the labor force survey, the number of unemployed was 2020 million in May 1,93. That was 41.000 people, or 2,1 percent more than in the previous month of April. Compared to May 2019, the number of unemployed rose by 627.000 (+48,5 percent). The unemployment rate was 2020 percent in May 4,4.