German unemployment surges, job market plunges into crisis


Germany's weak economy has led to a rise in unemployment, with labor shortages exacerbating the employment market's issues.

Data released by the Federal Labor Agency in Germany show that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Germany rose to 5.7% in August, higher than the 5.6% in July. The total number of unemployed rose to 2.63 million, also higher than the 2.604 million in July.


Although the unemployment rate in Germany has been relatively stable overall, the August labor market data indicate that the country's sluggish economic situation is dragging down its job market.

Over the past year, the Federal Labor Agency has observed a slowdown in labor demand. Data shows that there were only 771,000 job vacancies in August, a decrease of 116,000 from the same period last year. While the current demand in Germany's labor market remains strong, the impact of economic slowdown could gradually worsen, potentially leading to a loss of momentum in Germany's labor demand.

Berenberg Bank economist Holger Schmieding coined the term "Sick Man of Europe" in 1998, aptly describing Germany's economic situation at the time.

Since the second quarter, dragged down by various factors such as successive interest rate hikes by major central banks to curb demand, and the weakening economy of China, Germany's economic growth has almost stalled, bringing back the title of "Sick Man of Europe" in reports across major media.

According to data from the Federal Labor Agency, the number of employed in Germany in July increased by 15,000 compared to the previous month, and by 339,000 compared to the same period last year. However, the employment report lags a month behind the unemployment data, and cannot quickly reflect the latest changes in Germany's job market.

The main problem facing the German economy is the shortage of labor, with many companies forced to reduce production due to this issue, resulting in significant losses for the German economy. Population aging is one of the main reasons for the labor shortage in Germany, and as the post-war generation gradually exits the labor market, there has always been a significant gap in Germany's labor market.

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