Risk of poverty in Germany


people in Germany are more and more approximating to the povertyline compared to other countries in Europe. Ac

cording to the European Commission

Eurostat around 70 % of the une

mployed people round here were running the highest risk of poverty. In average the percentage is approximately 45. Those who are living in a risk of poverty are those, who have 60% of the national earnings in average at their disposal. In Germany the line for solitary persons is 940 Euros per month. Therefore the German

Department of Employment tries to raise the number of workers.

According to Eric Seils, a scientist of the welfare state, the reason for the high risk of poverty of unemployed people in Germany is the short period of received unemployment benefit. He would advocate that also the people under 50 would receive t

he benefit for more than only one year. E.g. in France they receive it up to 104 weeks and in Denmark even up to 208 weeks.

In Germany you are considered as “unemployed” if you are capable respectively able to work and willing to work even so you can’t find a employment relationship. Therefore the statistics of unemployment only determine those who are really unemploye

d and announced at the labour office to be jobless.

One part of the unemployed of the official numbers for the unemployment rate are not counted to it. Not included are those who are for example participating in the active labour market policy. The most important index numbers of the German labour market are the monthly unemployment rate and the annual average unemployment rate. The monthly unemployment rate sho

ws the seasonal effects in the labour market: Unemployment is rising due to weather, as winter approaches, for example, because the works in the building sector can not be executed anymore. The unemployment rates of each federal state are also of hi

gh importance.







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