Labor market – Frankfurt am Main – the unemployment rate in Hesse fell slightly – the economy

Frankfurt am Main (dpa / lhe) – The situation on the Hessian labor market has stabilized again after three months with rising unemployment. Employment centers numbered 171,161 jobless women and men as of Sept. 12, according to the Hessian regional office of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) on Friday in Frankfurt. They were 4,797 less than in August of the current year, but 2,866 more than the previous year. The unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points to 5.0 percent in one month. As of September 2021, the rate was 4.9%.

“The effects of the war in Ukraine are holding back the positive development of the Hessian labor market in recent months. The economic burdens resulting from declining exports, supply chain disruptions and rising energy prices are always causing more problems for many companies and individuals, “said Frank Martin, head of the department. “The fact that the number of unemployed remains substantially constant can be explained by the strong demand for skilled workers: companies want to keep their employees.”

The unemployment rate usually drops more significantly in September as many young people start training. Unemployment among people under the age of 25 fell more significantly, to minus 9.4 percent from the previous month. At the same time, the registration of refugees from Ukraine ensured that the number of unemployed without German passports increased by 19.8% in September 2022.

As the economic outlook has clouded, many companies are currently reluctant to hire new staff, according to regional management. However, the Hessian employment agencies continue to list around 55,000 vacancies. According to the Association of Hessian Employers’ Associations (VhU), around 120,000 workers are currently being sought in Hesse, including positions not registered with employment agencies.

To ensure the need for skilled labor, it is necessary to abolish early retirement without deductions from 65 years of age, the VhU asked. “Over the past 20 years, the number of employees between the ages of 60 and 64 has quadrupled throughout Hesse. We owe this not only to improved health and the functioning of the occupational safety system, but also to new forms of work. and flexible, “explained VhU CEO Dirk Poller. Working life must also be based on this.

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