After all, the rise in unemployment has slowed down somewhat: in May the number of unemployed rose by 169,000 compared to April. The head of the Federal Employment Agency, Detlef Scheele, had most recently expected an increase to more than three million in the summer – that would be a peak in ten years. In view of the current figures, he says: “We are currently assuming that this summer we will not exceed the three million, but will see them just below.”
The number of Hartz IV recipients is also increasing
According to the Federal Agency, the number of underemployed rose to 3.604 million in June – seasonally adjusted underemployment is 439,000 or 14 percent higher than in June 2019. There were already 3.573 million underemployed in the past month.
The number of short-time workers is not included in both figures. In April, the highest level ever reached in the Federal Republic was reached, as the Federal Agency now announced. According to this, 6.83 million people were on short-time work in April, after 2.49 million, which were measured in March.
“The labor market is still under pressure due to the corona crisis,” said CEO Scheele. “However, the massive use of short-time work stabilizes the labor market.”
The number of Hartz IV recipients in Germany also rose in the corona crisis. The number was 4.076 million in June, 152,000 more than in June 2019. According to the Federal Agency, 7.5 percent of working-age people needed help in June.