Press Releases

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

Recent Press Releases

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)

Committed to strengthening vocational orientation in upper secondary schools

29 Oct 2020 | Press Release No. 47
Apprenticeship market report for 2019/20:

corona crisis leads to clear backlog

29 Oct 2020 | Press Release No. 46
The labour market in October 2020

The corona crisis has clearly left its mark but improvements can be seen

02 Oct 2020 | Press Release No. 45
30th anniversary of German reunification

Labour market drawing closer together in the east and west

01 Oct 2020 | Press Release No. 44
Nationwide Pilot Project from BA, BAVC and IG BCE

 

Together for More and Better Qualification

30 Sep 2020 | Press Release No. 43
The labour market in September 2020

Effects of the corona crisis still clearly visible despite slight improvement

25 Sep 2020 | Press Release No. 42
Ministerial visit in turbulent times: Hubertus Heil visits the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg

The Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, has been holding meetings with the BA’s administrative board, board of directors, general staff council and employees to discuss the special challenges presented by the corona pandemic.

24 Sep 2020 | Press Release No. 41
Federal Employment Agency wins 2020 Digital Leader Award

An independent jury of digitisation experts from business, science and the media has recognised the Federal Employment Agency (BA) for setting new standards for the benefit of society

22 Sep 2020 | Press Release No. 40
Child bonus

Family welfare office gives a positive intermediate assessment.

01 Sep 2020 | Press Release No. 39
The labour market in August 2020

no corona-related rise in unemployment again

07 Aug 2020 | Press Release No. 38
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.

31 Jul 2020 | Press Release No. 37
Federal programme to secure apprenticeships starts on 1 August

Joint press release

30 Jul 2020 | Press Release No. 36
The labour market in July 2020

No further rise in unemployment as a result of corona

03 Jul 2020 | Press Release No. 35
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.

01 Jul 2020 | Press Release No. 34
The labour market in June 2020

Stabilised by extensive short-time work

30 Jun 2020 | Press Release No. 33
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.

03 Jun 2020 | Press Release No. 32
The labour market in May 2020

Continued pressure in the corona crisis

26 May 2020 | Press Release No. 31
Ensuring dual training in the corona crisis:

The partners in the Alliance for Initial and Further Training agree measures to stabilise dual training

18 May 2020 | Press Release No. 30
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.

15 May 2020 | Press Release No. 29
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.

05 May 2020 | Press Release No. 28
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.

30 Apr 2020 | Press Release No. 27
The labour market in April 2020

Growing pressure in the corona crisis

29 Apr 2020 | Press Release No. 26
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.

22 Apr 2020 | Press Release No. 25
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

15 Apr 2020 | Press Release No. 24
Plans to reduce working hours reported by 725,000 companies

Number of reports rises by 12% in one week
BA bolsters its workforce

14 Apr 2020 | Press Release No. 23
Drop in the number of annual sanctions

three out of four benefit reductions due to missed appointments

09 Apr 2020 | Press Release No. 22
Sharp growth in number of reported short-time working arrangements

Plans to reduce working hours reported by more and more companies

02 Apr 2020 | Press Release No. 21
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.

02 Apr 2020 | Press Release No. 20
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.

31 Mar 2020 | Press Release No. 19
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

31 Mar 2020 | Press Release No. 18
The labour market in March 2020

Seasonal decline in unemployment before intensification of the corona crisis

30 Mar 2020 | Press Release No. 17
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.

24 Mar 2020 | Press Release No. 16
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.

24 Mar 2020 | Press Release No. 15
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

20 Mar 2020 | Press Release No. 14
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.

17 Mar 2020 | Press Release No. 13
Cash payments assured

Jobcenter and Agentur für Arbeit offices working behind closed doors

17 Mar 2020 | Press Release No. 12
Telephone network overloaded