Bavarian Ministerpräsident, Horst Seehofer, (CSU, Christian Social Union) is very proud of the development of the labour market in Bavaria. With an unemployment rate of only 3.7% in April 2012, Bavaria is in first place out of the 16 German free states. Seehofer said, “even in the fourth year since the start of the global financial and economic crises, Bavarian enterprises have shown how solid, robust and successful they face the challenges of the markets.” The current numbers are an impressive evidence for the dynamic of the Bavarian economy, according to Seehofer.
Also the “Bundesagentur für Arbeit” (Federal Employment Agency) confirms that as the temperatures in Germany are rising, the number of unemployed people in Bavaria keeps falling.
In April 249,517 people were without a job, around 17,000 people less than in March. This makes in total 3.7% – the lowest unemployment rate for the last 20 years. Ralf Holtzwart, chief of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit, leads this back to the remaining good business activity.
The city with the lowest unemployment rate in Bavaria is Eichstätt with only 1.7%, compared to the city of Nuernberg with 8.0%. Nevertheless, the number of unemployed people has declined in all Bavarian counties. The areas of Niederbayern, Oberpfalz, Schwaben and Unterfranken recorded an unemployment rate of only 3.4%.
However, it has to be taken into account that the demand for labour force declined in April. Time will show how this will affect the coming months. Moreover, the number of women employed in April has declined in opposite to the total number. One reason, according to Ralf Holtzwart, is the insolvency of the drug chain giant „Schlecker“.
The unemployment rate in total Germany has again gone down below 3% during April. Compared to March it has further declined by 65,000 people to 2.96 million. This makes a total difference of 0.2% points and leads to a total unemployment rate of 7.00% in Germany.
It has to be considered that the number has declined due to seasonal affects, however, the general “positive tendencies on the labour market” will remain, according to a spokesman of the Agentur für Arbeit.