Youth unemployment in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf – the place to be?

Düsseldorf is the Centre of a densely networked urban agglomeration with numerous cities and local authority districts within a radius of 30–60 km. This makes the city the most influential economic area in Germany. It is the best-quality location of all German cities. Additionally is has the second-highest gross domestic product in Germany (€ 63,697 per inhabitant). There are 5,000 foreign companies, many of them German and European head offices. It is alongside London and Paris, one of Europe’s three metropolitan regions with the largest market volume and large purchasing power. Düsseldorf is one of the highest concentrations of universities and research Centres in Germany with a large, highly qualified workforce. Additionally it has the second highest job density in Germany.

In Germany the number of unemployed people is 8,2%, the youth unemployment rate is 8,0%. At the moment the unemployment rate of under 25years old people living in Düsseldorf is 3,3%. Although the education market is stable because of its economic power, 6.833 people between 15 and 25 receive money from the German Jobcenter “ARGE”. Another problem is that 33% who get support by the “ARGE” do not have any school degree. Because of this it is even harder to find a job. In a few years the demand of well qualified young people will arise whereas the market for bad qualified people will decrease. For this it is important to create strategies to integrate also bad qualified people. In terms of the gender is to say that 58,5 % of the under 25years old men are unemployed. This means that young women are a little less affected by unemployment.

In comparison to other cities in NRW you can see that the situation in Düsseldorf in an overall view is stable and looks like the following:

ARGE  

Unemployed

under 25 years

ARGE

Unemployed

under 25 years

Düsseldorf

3,4%

Remscheid

8,0%

Krefeld

4,1%

Solingen

8,4%

Köln

5,5%

Essen

8,6%

Mülheim/R.

6,3%

Münster

8,7%

Duisburg

6,5%

Oberhausen

9,2%

Bochum

6,7%

Bielefeld

9,4%

Aachen

6,7%

M‘Gladbach

9,5%

Herne

6,9%

Gelsenkirchen

9,7%

Hamm

7,0%

Wuppertal

9,8%

Bonn

7,2%

Leverkusen

10,2%

Dortmund

7,6%

Hagen

10,4%

Bottrop

7,9%

NRW

8,2%

 

The number of unemployed youth is constantly low. The “ARGE” notifies 942 young people unemployed. This unemployment is on a very low level although there has been a pronounced dyniamic. 464 became unemployed and 341 found a new job. The „ARGE“ invests 7,3 million Euro  for the implemenation of reintegration measures especially for people under 25 years. This sum makes 18% of all investigations for integrational measures. One year ago this number has been only 16,3% or 6,2 million Euro.

In conclusion it is visible that although Düsseldorf is a very attractive city in terms of economy, lifestyle and quality of life, the government has to deal with themes like unemployment of young people.

Sources: http://www.jobcenterduesseldorf.de/common/library/dbt/sections/pressemitteilungen/files/27_download_021_pi_jugendarbeitslosigkeit.pdf

http://www.duesseldorf.de/statistik/stadtforschung/download/sb_lebenssituation.pdf

http://www.duesseldorf.de/wirtschaftsfoerderung/pdf/japanprospekt_e.pdf

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2 thoughts on “Youth unemployment in Düsseldorf

  1. I agree, that the trend of young unemployed people is really alarming, also in Düsseldorf. But I think that it´s good to see that the government there already realized this problem and increased the investments to conquer this problem. However, Düsseldorf shows a under average amount of unemployed young people in NRW, so that the increase of investments can nearly be seen as a measure which is definitely in time or even early. I think this is an appreciable situation.

    More eye-catching for me is that cities like Mönchengladbach and Wuppertal record such higher rates of youth unemployment as Düsseldorf, although this cities are quasi neighbor cities with a distance of just about 20 minutes by car, so normally mutual easily reachable. So in conclusion it´s quite interesting why there is such a big difference between these cities, whereby they are really located in the same area and the possibility for the inhabitants of Mönchengladbach and Wuppertal would definitely be given to work in a city with better conditions, like Düsseldorf. So I think a better coordination and communication of free jobs and job possibilities and the cooperation between nearby cities should be improved to create a balance and equality to combat the problem of youth unemployment together to utilize the existing options as efficient as possible.The county seats of Viersen and the city Krefeld in NRW already implemented such a collaboration, and the percentage of the youth unemployment in Krefeld in comparison to other cities in NRW is relatively low. So maybe this collaboration already affect the situation of youth unemployment.

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  2. The actually question is what will be the trend in youth unemployment trend if we insist in enlarging the working age?

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