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The Berlin labor market since 2005: strong employment growth yet unemployment remains high, incomes low

Report of July 20, 2016

Over the past ten years, the number of employed in Berlin has increased more dynamically than it has anywhere else in the country, resulting in a decrease in unemployment. But because the city’s potential labor force has also experienced considerable growth, Berlin’s unemployment rate remains well above the national average. Since jobs requiring intermediate qualifications have become more prevalent, this high unemployment rate is being influenced more and more by the increasing numbers of Hartz-IV recipients and lowskilled workers as well as academics.

The full report by Karl Brenke in: DIW Economic Bulletin 29/2016 (PDF, 336.91 KB).