Press Releases

Press Information of the Federal Employment Agency   (Bundesagentur für Arbeit - BA)

Recent Press Releases

10 May 2022 | Press Release No. 23

Nursing Day: Despite a shortage of skilled personnel, the number of employees in care professions is rising

• The number of employees also rose during the pandemic
• The shortage of skilled personnel remains quite severe
• The BA is promoting retraining and is entering into cooperation agreements on fair migration

09 May 2022 | Press Release No. 22

Find the right skilled occupation for you and get started – with #AusbildungKlarmachen

Young people have good opportunities on the training market this year – but they need to seize them: At #AusbildungKlarmachen, the BA offers an easy online entry into vocational orientation and training.

06 May 2022 | Press Release No. 21

New chairwoman: Vanessa Ahuja assumes post in Nuremberg

Vanessa Ahuja has officially been in office since 1 May 2022.
On 2 May 2022, she assumed her post at the Nuremberg headquarters of the Federal Employment Agency (BA).

04 May 2022 | Press Release No. 20

Partners of the Alliance for Initial and Further Training start the "Summer of Vocational Training"

Joint press release

03 May 2022 | Press Release No. 19

The labour market in April 2022

The recovery continues, despite the war in Ukraine

26 Apr 2022 | Press Release No. 18

The federal agency participates in the Girls’ Day & Boys’ Day

The Girls’ Day and Boys’ Day is taking place throughout Germany on Thursday, 28th April 2022.

11 Apr 2022 | Press Release No. 17

Sanctions remain on a low level in 2021

  • Number of sanctions on a low level increased slightly in the past year
  • About 97 percent of beneficiaries remain unaffected by sanctions
  • Scheele: Reforms welcomed but solutions for very small minority needed

08 Apr 2022 | Press Release No. 16

Administrative Board sets personnel course for the future

In Nuremberg today, the Administrative Board of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) passed the necessary resolutions for a reorganisation of its Executive Board.

31 Mar 2022 | Press Release No. 15

Labour Market in March 2022

War in Ukraine currently not having much impact

29 Mar 2022 | Press Release No. 14

Special arrangements for the short-time allowance extended until 30th June 2022

The legislator has decided to extend the special arrangements regarding short-time work until 30th June 2022. The amendment to the law includes simpler access to the short-time allowance, the entitlement to receive increased rates of benefits, as well as opportunities to earn additional income during periods of short-time work.

14 Mar 2022 | Press Release No. 13

Partners of the Alliance for Initial and Further Training promote vocational training during the “Week of Training 2022” of the Federal Employment Agency

Joint Press Release

10 Mar 2022 | Press Release No. 12

Give more training a go!

On Monday, “Training week” gets underway in Germany. In a variety of campaigns, job centres and careers advice centres for young people and their partners will raise the profile of in-house training and provide information on the opportunities that it offers to young people and businesses.

08 Mar 2022 | Press Release No. 11

70 years of the BA: challenges in the anniversary year

The Federal Employment Agency has been bringing people and jobs together for 70 years. In its anniversary year, its key tasks are managing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, accompanying structural change, and strategies for responding to the increasing shortage of skilled workers.

02 Mar 2022 | Press Release No. 10

Labour market in February 2022 – continued recovery before start of Ukraine war

"The upward trend in the labour market continued until February. However, the current indicators still fail to depict the Russo-Ukrainian War,“ said Detlef Scheele, Chairman of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), at today's monthly press conference in Nuremberg.

25 Feb 2022 | Press Release No. 9

Video communication in the BA: in a few clicks to your consultation

In addition to its personal and phone consultations, the BA has launched an interactive supplementary service, with more than 150,000 video calls being made since the autumn of 2020. This service will continue even after the end of the pandemic.

18 Feb 2022 | Press Release No. 8

"Day of social justice": the Federal Employment Agency (BA) supports fair migration

The Federal Employment Agency (BA) is working to encourage fair access to the German labour market for people from Germany, the EU and other countries in a variety of ways. Together with its EURES network partners, for example, it is creating a digital and face-to-face Europe-wide offering for jobseekers and businesses.

04 Feb 2022 | Press Release No. 7

The BA’s Family Benefits Office takes stock: 2021 in figures

Last year, the Federal Employment Agency’s (BA) Family Benefits Office was confronted with pandemic-related challenges. In addition to child benefit and the child allowance, both this year’s child bonus and the children’s leisure bonus were paid out to a significantly higher number of families.

01 Feb 2022 | Press Release No. 6

Labour market in January 2022

Despite mitigation measures still on path to recovery

20 Jan 2022 | Press Release No. 5

Despite the pandemic: federal employment agency recruits more skilled workers from abroad

Notwithstanding the difficult conditions caused by the pandemic over the past year, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) has succeeded in further increasing the recruitment of skilled workers from abroad.

14 Jan 2022 | Press Release No. 4

Providing young adults with vocational qualifications: "Zukunftsstarter" ["Start the Future"] initiative to continue

The Federal Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs (BMAS), the Federal Employment Agency (BA), and the Executive Board of the BA have agreed to commit themselves more strongly to continue their efforts to provide education and training to young adults. The "Start the Future" ("Zukunftsstarter") initiative is to continue from January 2022 until the end of 2025.

10 Jan 2022 | Press Release No. 3

Significantly fewer appeals and complaints in the general social security system

• The number of appeals and complaints fell by almost a fifth in 2021
• Appeals rate in joint institutions amounts to approximately 1.6 percent

04 Jan 2022 | Press Release No. 2

Review of the year 2021

 Labour market recovers in second year of the coronavirus pandemic

04 Jan 2022 | Press Release No. 1

The labour market in December 2021

Seasonally-adjusted fall in unemployment also at the end of the year

17 Dec 2021 | Press Release No. 45

Children’s allowance increases as of January

More money for families with low incomes

16 Dec 2021 | Press Release No. 44

Extension until 31 March 2022 of special provisions concerning short-time work compensation

The extension until 31 March 2022 per Short-Time Work Compensation Extension Regulation, the Act to Consolidate Preventive Vaccinations Against COVID-19, and amendments to further regulations in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic eased access to short-time work compensation, eligibility for higher benefits, and supplementary jobs during short-time work.

14 Dec 2021 | Press Release No. 43

Optional online jobseeker registration from 1  January 2022

From the start of 2022, customers will be able to register online as unemployed using the ID card electronic verification feature. This new eService is a further digital innovation, offering an alternative to prior compulsory personal unemployment registration.

02 Dec 2021 | Press Release No. 42

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA) [Federal Employment Agency] signs mediation agreement with the Indian state of Kerala

The BA has signed its second mediation agreement with a non-EU state in accordance with the new Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz [Skilled Worker Immigration Act].

30 Nov 2021 | Press Release No. 41

The labour market in November 2021

Still on the way to recovery

25 Nov 2021 | Press Release No. 40

Paving the way to the mainstream labour market with inclusive companies

People with disabilities still face more obstacles in the labour market than those without. The severely disabled unemployed, for example, are less likely to find a job on the mainstream labour market than people who are not severely handicapped.

24 Nov 2021 | Press Release No. 39

Job centres introduce 2G Rule for personal interviews

The job centres remain open as usual even in times of high infection rates.

12 Nov 2021 | Press Release No. 38

Budget of Federal Employment Agency well positioned for upcoming tasks

The administrative board of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) today adopted its budget for 2022. It is on this basis that the BA will be able to provide the necessary support for training, employment and qualifications in the upcoming year.

28 Oct 2021 | Press Release No. 37

Partners of the Alliance for Education and Training look back on a successful "Summer of Vocational Training"

Joint Press Release

28 Oct 2021 | Press Release No. 36

Vocational training market report for 2020/21

The vocational training market is still strongly affected by the pandemic, but looking brighter

28 Oct 2021 | Press Release No. 35

The labour market in October 2021

The positive development continues

01 Oct 2021 | Press Release No. 34

Fifty years in the service of international organisations

For 50 years, the Federal Employment Agency has been advising and supporting German experts as they start their career at international organisations such as the United Nations or the European Union. On 1st October 1971, the Office for Managers at International Organizations (BFIO), based at the Federal Employment Agency’s International Placement Service (ZAV), commenced its work.

30 Sep 2021 | Press Release No. 33

Recruiting skilled workers from abroad

The Federal Employment Agency is striving for deeper cooperation with Indonesia

30 Sep 2021 | Press Release No. 32

The labour market in September 2021

Good development continues

31 Aug 2021 | Press Release No. 31

The labour market in August 2021

Another marked improvement in spite of the summer break

27 Aug 2021 | Press Release No. 30

Nurses from abroad

Federal Employment Agency signs placement agreement with Indonesia

29 Jul 2021 | Press Release No. 29

The labour market in July 2021


Further significant improvement

23 Jul 2021 | Press Release No. 28

Takeover of 17,000 small family benefits offices

more than 1.5 million child benefit cases switch over to the Federal Employment Agency’s family benefits office

20 Jul 2021 | Press Release No. 27

Wages only increased slightly in 2020

• Smallest increase in wages since 2009
• In the manufacturing and hospitality sectors, the median is even falling
• The coronavirus effect in relation to the median wage might be 69 euros
• Differences between east and west are falling, but are still clear

02 Jul 2021 | Press Release No. 26

Anja Piel becomes chair of the administrative board of the Federal Employment Agency

Anja Piel took over the chair of the administrative board of the Federal Employment Agency in the middle of the year. She is a member of the Federal Executive Board of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB).

30 Jun 2021 | Press Release No. 25

The labour market in June 2021

Significant improvement

22 Jun 2021 | Press Release No. 24

Additional help in the pandemic

Children’s leisure bonus 2021

18 Jun 2021 | Press Release No. 23

German Digital Day 2021

The BA is encouraging digital participation

04 Jun 2021 | Press Release No. 22

Partners in the Alliance for Initial and Further Training launch the “Summer of Vocational Training”


Joint press release

01 Jun 2021 | Press Release No. 21

The labour market in May 2021

First signs of improvement

17 May 2021 | Press Release No. 20

Career orientation from home

Digital teaching units support young people in discovering their future paths

07 May 2021 | Press Release No. 19

International Nurses Day

More employees now in care professions

29 Apr 2021 | Press Release No. 18

The labour market in April 2021

Sustained spring recovery reduces unemployment

28 Apr 2021 | Press Release No. 17

Corona supplement and child bonus

150 euros each will be paid in May 2021

28 Apr 2021 | Press Release No. 16

Employee qualification remains at a high level

Demographic change, structural change and digitalisation are making the qualification of employees increasingly important. The BA can support companies by providing training guidance and subsidies for course costs and wages.

23 Apr 2021 | Press Release No. 15

Training at a glance

New website brings together information and offers

12 Apr 2021 | Press Release No. 14

Number of sanctions fell sharply last year

Main reason being the Corona pandemic

31 Mar 2021 | Press Release No. 13

The labour market in March 2021

Spring revival despite rising infection figures

23 Mar 2021 | Press Release No. 12

Child bonus – One-off payment for families in 2021

This year, those entitled to child benefit will once again receive a one-off payment, this time in the amount of €150.

17 Mar 2021 | Press Release No. 11

Alliance for Initial and Further Training

The partners in the Alliance for Initial and Further Training decide upon a “Joint action to support training companies and young people in the coronavirus pandemic”

15 Mar 2021 | Press Release No. 10

The Future Calls for Vocational Training – Invitation to the Nationwide Week of Vocational Training from March 15 to 19, 2021

The corona pandemic is also having an impact on the vocational training market. The Executive Board and Administrative Board of the Federal Employment Agency are therefore calling for joint efforts to bring companies and young people together.

12 Mar 2021 | Press Release No. 9

One Year of Corona – Review of and Prospects for the Labour Market

Joint press release by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Federal Employment Agency

02 Mar 2021 | Press Release No. 8

The Labour Market in February 2021

The Labour Market continues to withstand the Lockdown

26 Feb 2021 | Press Release No. 7

BA Budget

Record Spending in 2020

12 Feb 2021 | Press Release No. 6

“BA-Mobil” – New Customer App Expands Digital Offering

With the introduction of the new customer app “BA-Mobil”, customers of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) can address their unemployment insurance needs by contacting their local employment agency even faster and around the clock.

29 Jan 2021 | Press Release No. 5

The Labour Market in January 2021

Robust Development Despite Lockdown

18 Jan 2021 | Press Release No. 4

Child Bonus Paid to 10 Million Families

Family Fund Reports Positive Balance Sheet

11 Jan 2021 | Press Release No. 3

Fewer Appeals and Complaints in Basic Security Benefits

Number of appeals and complaints fell again in 2020 - Appeal rate in joint institutions at 2.3 percent

05 Jan 2021 | Press Release No. 2

Annual Review 2020

Labour Market under Heavy Pressure due to Corona Crisis

05 Jan 2021 | Press Release No. 1

The Labour Market in December 2020

Short-time work is stabilising, seasonally adjusted unemployment continues to decline

17 Dec 2020 | Press Release No. 55

Child Benefit to Increase as of January

More Money for Families with Lower Incomes

08 Dec 2020 | Press Release No. 54

Child benefits to increase starting in January

Starting in January the highest increase in child benefits since 2010 will take place

03 Dec 2020 | Press Release No. 53

New Pilot Project on Skilled Worker Immigration Launched

The Federal Employment Agency (BA) and DIHK Service GmbH are launching “Hand in Hand for international Talents”, a new project to attract skilled workers from Brazil, India and Vietnam to Germany.

02 Dec 2020 | Press Release No. 52


€ 2.7 Billion for Participation in the Working Lives of People with Disabilities

The Federal Employment Agency (BA) is using the International Day of People with Disabilities as an opportunity to promote inclusion in the workplace. The BA budget for next year includes € 2.7 billion to support people with disabilities.

01 Dec 2020 | Press Release No. 51

The Labour Market in November 2020

Further seasonally adjusted decline in unemployment despite partial lockdown

06 Nov 2020 | Press Release No. 50


BA Budget 2021 allows for stabilisation of training and employment in difficult times


The Administrative Board of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA) today adopted the budget for 2021. At the same time, the committee temporarily approved up to 5,500 additional employees.

06 Nov 2020 | Press Release No. 49

Christina Ramb elected as new Chair of the BA Administrative Board

Three women head the Administrative Board of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit

05 Nov 2020 | Press Release No. 48

The Bundesagentur für Arbeit (German Federal Employment Agency) and Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (German Business Foundation)