In September, employment in the industry increased for the first time this year. However, with the partial lockdown, the outlook is pessimistic again.
Wiesbaden (dpa) – With the recovery of the German economy from the fall of the Crown in the spring, employment in the industry has increased again.
In September, a good 5.5 million people were employed in manufacturing companies, 0.2 percent more than in August, the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden announced on Monday. It was the first increase compared to a month earlier in the current year, he said. Statisticians looked at companies with at least 50 employees.
After the spring lockdown, the German economy grew strongly in the third quarter by 8.2 percent compared to the previous quarter. However, with the partial closure of November, the outlook is again bleak.
Regardless of the recovery among industrial workers in August, the crisis in the crown is leaving deep traces, statisticians said. Compared to September 2019, employment fell by 172,000 people, a decrease of 3.0 percent. There were decreases in almost all sectors, especially in metal production and processing (- 5.8 percent), but also in mechanical engineering (- 4.5 percent) and the automotive industry (-3.6 percent) hundred). In the chemical industry, however, the number of employees increased by 1.6 percent.
The consequences of the pandemic were also noted in the number of hours worked. They fell 3.9 percent to 683 million hours, although September had one more business day than the previous month. Industrial employee wages fell 4.3 percent to around € 22.5 billion. In general, short-time workers count as employees, the statisticians emphasized. Therefore, the millions of short-term workers in the Corona crisis did not affect the number of employees. Short-term work benefits also do not count as part of pay.