Some Numbers

Germany’s latest unemployment figures were released last week: 4.36 million unemployed, 126,500 more than in June, and 6700 more than in July 2003. The rate rose 0.3 percent to 10.5 percent for the country as a whole; 8.4 percent in the west and 18.5 in the east.

A local Berlin paper, whose search page appears not to speak Netscape, provided a chart of the rates in both the capital and the surrounding territory of Brandenburg. It’s sobering.

Berlin: 17.7%
Mitte: 21.1%
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: 22.5%
Pankow: 16.1%
Lichtenberg: 17.8%
Marzahn-Hellersdorf: 19.4%
Treptow-Koepenick: 14.4%
Neukoelln: 23.2%
Tempelhof-Schoeneberg: 16.8%
Steglitz-Zehlendorf: 11.2%
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf: 15.8%
Spandau: 18.9%
Reinickendorf: 14.7%

Brandenburg: 18.9%
Uckermark: 25.1%
Barnim: 17.9%
Maerkisch-Oderland: 19.7%
Frankfurt/Oder: 21.1%
Oder-Spree: 18.7%
Cottbus: 20.3%
Spree-Neisse: 21.8%
Oberspreewald-Lausitz: 25.2%
Dahme-Spreewald: 14.9%
Elbe-Elster: 23.1%
Teltow-Flaeming: 15.1%
Potsdam-Mittelmark: 13.0%
Potsdam: 12.6%
Brandenburg/H.: 21.0%
Havelland: 18.9%
Oberhavel: 17.9%
Ostprignitz-Ruppin: 20.5%
Prignitz: 21.8%

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About Doug Merrill

Freelance journalist based in Tbilisi, following stints in Atlanta, Budapest, Munich, Warsaw and Washington. Worked for a German think tank, discovered it was incompatible with repaying US student loans. Spent two years in financial markets. Bicycled from Vilnius to Tallinn. Climbed highest mountains in two Alpine countries (the easy ones, though). American center-left, with strong yellow dog tendencies. Arrived in the Caucasus two weeks before its latest war.

2 thoughts on “Some Numbers

  1. Sure, it’s sobering, as is the Eastern (2003) average with 18,5% (all numbers German definition). But more than anything, these numbers indicate that a national statistical average for Germany doesn’t really reveal anything… unemployment rises from the South to the West to the North to the East.

    Here’s the official statistic, broken down by state/Bundesland. In former West Germany, the unemployment rate has been rising, too, in recent years, but it is still at a comparatively “low” 8.4 % for 2003 up from 7.2% in 2001. And that was with all the incentive distorting labout market regulations on the books back then. At least in the West there is a good chance to increase the situation by implementing Hartz IV…

  2. But look on the bright side! At least you didn’t help to liberate Iraq with the Cowboy Capitalists!

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