Recent Press Releases
The labour market in August 2020
no corona-related rise in unemployment again
Over one million child benefit claims have been handed over to the Family Office of the Federal Employment Agency
Since 1 January 2017, over 17,000 public-sector family offices in Germany have been handing over the processing of their child benefit claims to the Family Office of the Federal Employment Agency (FamKa BA), and an important milestone was reached in July 2020: FamKa BA became responsible for child benefits for over one million children.
Federal programme to secure apprenticeships starts on 1 August
Joint press release
The labour market in July 2020
No further rise in unemployment as a result of corona
Annelie Buntenbach steps down from the Administrative Board
Annelie Buntenbach, the alternate Chairwoman of the Administrative Board, has stepped down from her honorary post at the BA.
The labour market in June 2020
Stabilised by extensive short-time work
Selfie identity checks in times of social distancing
The local offices of the Agentur für Arbeit are providing an online identification option for customers who cannot register as unemployed in person during the ongoing corona pandemic.
The labour market in May 2020
Continued pressure in the corona crisis
Ensuring dual training in the corona crisis:
The partners in the Alliance for Initial and Further Training agree measures to stabilise dual training
Fake malware emails being sent to employers
The Federal Employment Agency (BA) would like to warn employers about fraudulent emails that are currently in circulation.
Temporary extension of eligibility period for unemployment benefits – extension to be automatically approved
Today, on 15 May 2020, the Upper and Lower Houses of the German Parliament discussed and passed a second welfare package (Sozialschutzpaket II), including the extension of unemployment benefits. The law will be published in the Federal Law Gazette over the coming week.
Short-time working allowance secures jobs but is not instant liquidity support for companies
Around 750,000 companies have reported plans to reduce their employees’ working hours since the beginning of March. Many of them are claiming short-time working allowance for the first time. This is leading to several questions and sometimes even uncertainty when it comes to claiming such payments, as discovered by the Federal Employment Agency (BA) in recent telephone consultations. Their questions range from the reporting process to the transfer of short-time working allowance.
That is why we have provided some answers to frequently asked questions about the requirements, the process and the settlement of short-time working allowance.
The labour market in April 2020
Growing pressure in the corona crisis
Agentur für Arbeit and Jobcenter continue to develop their telephone and online services:
Health and safety is our main concern
Since 18 March, the local Agentur für Arbeit and Jobcenter branches that are run jointly with the local authorities throughout Germany have reduced their personal contact with customers and are now dealing with more enquiries over the phone or online.
Short-time working arrangements skyrocket before flattening out
Total number of reports has stagnated over the past week
Plans to reduce working hours reported by one in three companies
Plans to reduce working hours reported by 725,000 companies
Number of reports rises by 12% in one week
BA bolsters its workforce
Drop in the number of annual sanctions
three out of four benefit reductions due to missed appointments
Sharp growth in number of reported short-time working arrangements
Plans to reduce working hours reported by more and more companies
Fake email being sent to employers on short-time working allowance
The Federal Employment Agency (BA) would like to warn employers about a fraudulent email. The senders want to access personal data.
Short-time working allowance: additional income from sideline activities in important occupations
In light of the current crisis, the German government has made it easier for people to supplement their short-time working allowance. Anyone who helps out in systemically important sectors and occupations can now make up for their financial losses.
Short-time work on the rise
Hubertus Heil (Federal Minister of Labour) and Detlef Scheele (Chairman of the BA) on the state of the German labour market in March
The labour market in March 2020
Seasonal decline in unemployment before intensification of the corona crisis
New regulations for basic security benefits
In light of the current situation, the German government has approved a welfare package to facilitate access to basic security benefits.
Deadline for the submission of notices for the employment of disabled persons extended until 30 June 2020
Employers now have until 30 June 2020 to submit notices for the employment of disabled persons. The same applies to the payment of compensatory levies.
Applications for basic security benefits to be simplified for the time being
The government is planning new temporary regulations for the consideration of assets and the temporary recognition of actual housing costs
Noticeable rise in short-time working arrangements
After conducting monitoring interviews with all Agentur für Arbeit offices in Germany, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) has detected a sharp rise in short-time working arrangements in light of the current situation.
Cash payments assured
Jobcenter and Agentur für Arbeit offices working behind closed doors
Telephone network overloaded
calls to Jobcenter and Agentur für Arbeit limited to emergencies
Personal contact to be reduced
Customers can still contact their Jobcenter and Agentur für Arbeit
The labour market in February 2020
further stable development despite weak economy
Applications for child allowance can now be made online
You can now make an application for child allowance online. It’s quick and easy, there’s no paperwork, and you can do it whenever and wherever you like.
Better advice for the recognition of professional qualifications from abroad
Central Service Centre for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications opens in Bonn
Child benefit applications are free through the Familienkasse
The regional Familienkassen (family funds) have recently noted a fresh rise in the number of child benefit applications submitted via commercial online providers who process child benefit applications for a fee.
The labour market in January 2020
Rise in unemployment mainly due to seasonal factors
Half of all applications for unemployment benefits are made online
The Federal Employment Agency (BA) has been taking online applications for unemployment benefits (ALG I) for the past five years, and almost half of all submissions are now digital.
BA budget: Only a slight surplus in 2019
The Federal Employment Agency (BA) has increased its spending on unemployment benefits over the past year due to the state of the economy. The surplus of 2.1 billion euros is considerably lower than in previous years. A deficit of 1.3 billion euros is expected for this year.
Fewer appeals and lawsuits filed for basic security benefits
Annual review 2019 - Robust labour market development despite weak economy
“The labour market continued to prove its robustness in 2019. Despite the weaker economy, unemployment and underemployment decreased on average in 2019, and employment has risen again”, said the Chairman of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), Detlef Scheele, at today’s monthly press conference in Nuremberg.
The labour market in December 2019 - the economic downturn can still be felt
“The labour market was largely stable at the end of the year, but we can still see the effects of the economic downturn”, said the Chairman of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), Detlef Scheele, at today’s monthly press conference in Nuremberg.
Finding Specialists and Promoting Inclusion
The Federal Employment Agency (BA) is taking the International Day of People with Disabilities as an opportunity to promote inclusion in the world of work.
The labour market in November 2019 – employment continues to grow
“The current economic weakness is still reflected by the labour market. But all in all, it still seems robust”, said the Chairman of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), Detlef Scheele, at today’s monthly press conference in Nuremberg.
Apprenticeship Market Review 2018/2019
applicant market continues to develop – challenges remain
The labour market in Oktober 2019
further robust development
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