Friday, 4 June 2010

Unemployment: Berlin & Germany

"Although the national unemployment level is around 11.5%, in each region the unemployment level vary dramatically. If you collectively look at the former Eastern German states, then you have an unemployment level around 15%, whereas the former Western German states average around 7,5%." [John G, 2010]
"This is a very complicated issue as not only is there a huge deficit of job openings in East Germany, but employers are often heard complaining about the "quality" of employees. The debate often centers around attitudes of employees in East Germany that had been used to a lifetime guaranteed job before the reunification. After the reunification, the social state was dramatically changed and in modern business, employees are asked to take initiative and to be much more ambitious. After so many years living in a different culture, this is very hard to change." [John G, 2010]
Berliner Morgenpost (2010) Arbeitslosigkeit in Berlin: Zahlen und Quoten in der Stadt in den Bezirken. [Online] [03/05/2010]
Bundesagentur für Arbeit [2010] Arbeitslosenquoten im Jahresdurchschnitt 2009: Länder und Kreise. [Online]
John G [2007] Unemployment Statistics in Germany. [Online] [03/05/2010]