The number of unemployed in Germany increased by 200,000 in a month

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The number of unemployed in Germany in January rose by almost 200,000. This is partly due to seasonal work. However, restrictive measures to combat coronavirus are also contributing to the worsening of the situation. the employment agency reports.

In January, the number of unemployed people in Germany rose by 193,000 to more than 2.9 million. Thus, compared with January last year, 475,000 people were left without work, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) of Nuremberg reported. Compared to December, the unemployment rate rose by 0.4 percent – up to 6.3 percent.

It should be noted that the increase in unemployment in January of this year is even slightly lower than in the previous year. In the period from December 2019 to January 2020, the number of unemployed increased by 198,000. For the first time, the current statistics also take into account the consequences of the quarantine introduced to combat the pandemic.

As reported by the Federal Agency, the percentage of employees transferred to shorter working hours has increased. According to preliminary data, 2.26 million employees received benefits for reduced working hours in November. The maximum number of people transferred to a reduced day was recorded in April last year. Then the benefits were received by almost six million recipients. Until November, the growth in payments to those transferred to Kurzarbeit was declining, and now it is growing again. From 1 to 25 January, 745,000 employees receive support.

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