Recent Press Releases
The labour market in September 2019
robust development despite weak economy
Germany welcomes its 100th nurse from Mexico
BA looks back on one and a half years of successful recruiting
More child allowance possibilities now available online
Changes to address, marital status or account balance: If you are entitled to receive child allowance, you can now report changes to many aspects of your housing and living conditions online.
Broad support: Christiane Schönefeld to become new board member
At today’s special meeting in Berlin, the Administrative Board of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) held a secret ballot to nominate Christiane Schönefeld as the new Chair of BA Resources. The committee will now advise the Federal Government to appoint the former CEO of the Regional Directorate of North Rhine-Westphalia as a member of the board. Christiane Schönefeld will assume responsibility for the BA’s human resources and finances.
Labour Market in August 2019 – Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rises Slightly
"The weak economic phase has even started to impact the labour market. All in all, however, it is still going strong. Unemployment and underemployment have increased in August. While employment growth continues, it is losing momentum, and corporate demand for new employees is falling again at a significant rate," said Detlef Scheele, CEO of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), at the monthly press conference in Nuremberg today.
Special session of the Executive Board
The Executive Board of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) will be convening for a special meeting on 29th August 2019. Among other topics, the Board will discuss the decision to make a proposal to the Federal Government regarding the appointment of a member of the Executive Board.
jobcenter.digital – the new online service for Jobcenter customers
Jobcenter customers can now enjoy a new online service. A few weeks ago, it became possible to reapply for benefits and make changes online at www.jobcenter.digital. The service is rounded off with lots of information on basic security benefits.
The labour market in July 2019
Rise in unemployment mainly caused by seasonal factors
The Board of Governors approves the deselection of Board member Valerie Holsboer
The Board of Governors of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA)) deselected Board member Valerie Holsboer at its session today. The Federal Government is yet to approve the decision. The Board of Governors of the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA)) deselected Board member Valerie Holsboer at its session today. The Federal Government is yet to approve the decision.
Annelie Buntenbach new Chairman of the Board of Directors
Annelie Buntenbach will take over the chairmanship on 1 July 2019
The labour market in June 2019
Economic slowdown is apparent
National Continuing Education Strategy concluded - Together for a new continuing education culture in Germany
The Federal Government, the federal states, the business community, the trade unions and the Federal Employment Agency pool their efforts for training and qualification with the National Continuing Education Strategy.
The labor market in May 2019
Business slows down spring revival
The labor market in April 2019
Continuing job creation
Failure to keep appointments accounts for three out of four sanctions
Fall in the number of sanctions - missed signing-on appointments are the most frequent grounds
Launch of the "Appointments count - gain employers" initiative
As part of the award of the Inclusion Prize for business on 9 April 2019 The Federal Labour Office (BA), the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), the Federal Association of Integration Offices and Principal Welfare Offices (BIH) and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) launched their joint initiative "Appointments count - gain employers".
The labour market in March 2019
The onset of spring revival reduces unemployment
10 years UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The idea of Inclusiveness is firmly anchored in the BA
The Federal Employment Agency (BA) is placing even greater emphasis on the inclusion of people with severe disabilities. The current employment rate of people with disabilities in the BA is 10 percent.
Quality of data collection in the job-centres
Federal agency receives information from the German Federal Court of Audit
Daniel Terzenbach is the new Executive Board member of the BA
The Labour Market in February 2019
Positive development, despite economic slowdown
The nationwide initiative to integrate work and health promotion will be further expanded
The project is already being implemented at 129 locations, in all 16 Federal States. In 2019, there will be a further expansion to new locations.
A good start into the new year
The Labour Market in January 2019
Integration Officer and Federal Employment Agency:
'Powerfully expediting integration at work'
BA budget 2018: Closing better than expected
Contribution rate reduction at the right time - BA closes 2018 financial year with a surplus of 6.2 billion euros
Million marks cracked
Online applications for unemployment benefit I
Less objections and legal complaints in the basic health insurance
• Number of contradictions and lawsuits dropped in 2018
• The number of objections in joint facilities has declined by 2.5 percent
Annual Review 2018
The labour market continued to develop very well
The labour market in December 2018
Positive development at the end of the year, also
Family Fund of the Federal Employment Agency: New advisory service on child supplement also available via video
The Family Fund of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) is offering a new and innovative nationwide advisory service on the subject of child allowances: the video advice.
The Year of Opportunities for the Unemployed and Contributors
In 2019, the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit - BA) will have sufficient funds at its disposal both for the contribution-financed insurance benefit and for the first time for the tax-financed basic insurance.
Engagement for inclusion
The biggest hurdles are those in the head
The Labour Market in November 2018
Continued Good Development
CIO of the year
IT boss Dr. Markus Schmitz receives award
Information on basic income support for job seekers ("Hartz IV") only available to a limited extent
Payment of cash benefits not affected
The budget of the BA 2019: The foundation is laid for relieving contributors
The Administrative Board of the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) adopted the budget for 2019 today.
Training market balance 2017/2018
Better opportunities for training seekers than in the previous year
The labour market in October 2018
Unemployment and underemployment continue to decline
Immigration of Foreign Skilled Labour Force - Recommendations by the BA
The Board of Directors and the Executive Board present recommendations for simplifying targeted labour force migration.
Daniel Terzenbach will be a new member of the BA management board
The labour market in September 2018
Powerfully developing autumn revival
The Labour Market in August 2018
Continued Favourable Development
Child benefit during studies - now simply apply online
From now on, the parents can process the further approval of the child allowance online for their students.
The Labour Market in July 2018
Sharper rise in unemployment only seasonal
Peter Clever the New Chairman of the Administrative Board
The Labour Market in June 2018
Continued Favourable Development
The labour market in May 2018
Unemployment and Underemployment are expected to decrease further
Less objections and legal complaints in the basic health insurance
About the Day of Nursing
The number of foreign-born nurses continues to rise
The labour market in April 2018
Spring recovery lowers unemployment and underemployment
"Professions at a glance"
With just a few clicks you can obtain all the important information on occupational groups and thus find information about the labour market: from today, this is offered by a new visualisation on the Internet on the statistics pages of the Federal Employment Agency (BA).
Brewer and Maltster - the Profession of Barley Juice
Whether top-fermented, bottom-fermented, craft beer or bock beer - beer is considered a cultural asset in many regions of Germany.
Failure to attend appointments accounts for three out of four sanctions
The job market in March 2018
Further reductions in Unemployment and Underemployment
MYSKILLS - New test makes professional knowledge visible
The German Federal Agency and Bertelsmann Stiftung are developing a new test MYSKILLS for professional know-how. The goal is to facilitate the integration of refugees, immigrants and unemployed people without vocational qualifications into the labour market. In the future, MYSKILLS will offer job agencies and job centres
30 professions in six languages.
Women are catching up in the labor market – employment is growing but mainly through part-time employment
International Women's Day on 8 March
Labour Market in February 2018
Good Development Continues
Starting signal for the BA training week
This year's training week of the Federal Employment Agency is starting today under the motto "#Training Clearing".
The labour market in January 2018
Even unskilled people benefit from good economic conditions - but they are often unemployed
The unemployment rate of unskilled workers has dropped in the last year. But the risk of unemployment is five times higher than that of the educated.
There are huge differences between the regions.
BA budget 2017 closes with good results
The Federal Employment Agency (BA) closed the fiscal year of 2017 with a surplus of € 5.95 billion.
Annual Review 2017
Very Good Development of the Labour Market
The labor market in December 2017
Significant seasonally-adjusted decline in unemployment
The job market in November 2017
“Talent Discovery”: The Second Round of the European Employers’ Day
The second European Employers' Day (EED) takes place from November 13 to 24, 2017, under the motto "Let's talk about skills and discover all talents".
The 2018 budget of the BA: Well-equipped for the future
Board of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) of Germany adopts the budget for the year 2018
Training Market Balance 2016/2017
Stable overall situation with increasing imbalances
Germany’s Federal Employment Office awarded Total E-Quality rating for the sixth year
For the sixth time: Award for future-oriented, successful and sustainable personnel policy.
Reorientation of cooperation between school and professional advice
Facilitations for the transition from school to profession
The labour market in September 2017
The use of autumn is stronger than usual
The labour market in August 2017
Further positive development
The labour market in July 2017
Unemployment is increasing due to time of year
Specialists for Germany: BA and GIZ gain the 1,000th carer from abroad
Project Triple Win serves as success model
Annelie Buntenbach is new Chairwoman of the Board of Governors
Annelie Buntenbach, member of the Federal Executive Board of the German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB), took over as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) as of 01 July 2017. The Board of Governors elected her during its session on 23 June 2017.
The labour market in June 2017
Weaker development at the end of spring upturn
Well qualified – less likely to be unemployed
New figures from the BA confirm the effect of training and qualification
The labour market in May 2017
Continuously favourable development
The labour market in April 2017
Good growth continues
Undiscovered career choices – Girls Day and Boys Day 2017
Michaela will become a mechatronics technician. Stephan is training to become an old-age carer. And why not? There has been a Girls Day taking place since 2001 with a Boys Day a later addition.
Detlef Scheele is new Chairman of the Executive Board of the Federal Employment Agency – Valerie Holsboer becomes member of the Executive Board
With effect from 1 April 2017 Detlef Scheele has taken over as Chairman of the Executive Board of the Federal Employment Agency. He succeeds Frank-Jürgen Weise who is retiring from the position after 15 years on the Executive Board. In addition Valerie Holsboer is joining the BA Executive Board.
The labour market in March 2017
Spring upturn stronger than usual
One-stop shop for Child Benefit - Family Benefits Office prepares for two million additional child benefit cases
For most people in Germany the Family Benefits Office is the first contact they have with the Federal Employment Agency (BA). For many of them it's also their only and longest contact. The BA's Family Benefits Office is currently responsible for paying Child Benefit for over 14 million children. But that's not all. Over two million child benefit cases where at least one of the parents works in the public sector are handled by approximately 5,500 Family Benefit Offices of the Federal Government, state governments and local authorities.
“Together for Training”: The Federal Employment Agency’s “2017 Week of Training” gets under way
“Together for Training” is the theme of this year’s Week of Training, which started today and is organised by the Federal Employment Agency (BA). From 27 to 31 March, Regional Directorates, Employment Agencies and jobcenters will be promoting the dual system of vocational training on a regional level and providing information on career paths and vocational training pathways.
The labour market in February 2017
Continuing positive growth
Federal Employment Agency terminates ROBASO IT project
The diverse nature of the Federal Employment Agency's work means that the Agency's information technology systems and processes are very complex. Approximately 120 in-house developed IT processes support functions such as work placements, handling incentive measures and the payment of benefits such as unemployment benefit.
The labour market in January 2017
Positive trends at start of year
Brings us further: The new website of the Federal Employment Agency
Contemporary look, clear navigation, a wide range of information on offer: www.arbeitsagentur.de has recently been seen in a new design.
The labour market in 2016
Labour market continues to develop positively with moderate economic growth
The labour market in December 2016
Positive development at the end of the year