Fewer skilled workers experience more unemployment

Rise in unemployment is slowing

Unemployment rose slightly in July in the district of the Göppingen Employment Agency with the districts of Esslingen and Göppingen: a total of 21,117 women and men were unemployed in the past month. That is an increase of 348 people or 1.7 percent compared to June. Compared to July 2019, 6,361 more people were registered as unemployed (plus 43.1 percent). The comparison with the previous year illustrates the extent of the structural and corona-related changes. The unemployment rate, based on all civilian labor force, rose from 4.6 percent in June to 4.7 percent now (July 2019: 3.3 percent).

Of all the unemployed in the agency district, 11,586 people belonged to the unemployment insurance and were looked after by the employment agency.

9,531 people were registered with basic social security and were looked after by the job centers in the two rural districts of Esslingen and Göppingen.

For the months from March to July there are around 9,340 notifications from companies or company departments on short-time work. This could affect up to 156,600 workers.

“The labor market shows severe cuts in July as well. Corona pandemic, structural change and digitization will continue to challenge both companies and my employees. Many of the employees who have registered as unemployed in the last few weeks have to use the time to adapt their qualifications to the new requirements. Because with Corona the structural change on the labor market has accelerated, other knowledge will be required. This is also shown by a look at the structure of the unemployed: More and more skilled workers, specialists and experts need further professional development, possibly also a reorientation. One of the challenges of the coming months will be: Placing women and men who have lost their jobs in new, changing jobs. In July employers reported significantly more vacancies again, but the level of previous years is still far from being reached. The economic activity and thus also the demand of the companies for workers is weaker than I have experienced in my years here ”, Thekla Schlör, head of the Göppingen employment agency, summarizes the development on the labor market in the region.

After almost 3 years in the districts of Esslingen and Göppingen, Schlör will move to the headquarters of the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg on August 1st. She will continue to accompany the topic of the labor market: her task will be to further develop the core tasks of the Federal Employment Agency as a placement and advisory agency and thus also to secure skilled workers. She also becomes a member of the federal / state committee, which advises politics.


The development of unemployment in the two counties

Esslingen district

In July, a total of 13,715 people were registered as unemployed in the Esslingen district. That is 342 people or 2.6 percent more than in June and 3,971 (plus 40.8 percent) more than in the previous year.

The unemployment rate was 4.4 percent (Esslingen: 4.7 percent; Kirchheim: 4.5 percent; Leinfelden-Echterdingen: 4.0 percent and Nürtingen: 4.2 percent).
In July 2019 it was 3.2 percent.


District of Göppingen

In July, a total of 7,402 people were registered as unemployed in the district of Göppingen. That was six more (plus 0.1 percent) than in June and 2,390 (plus 47.7 percent) more than in the previous year.

The district of Göppingen recorded an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent (office in Göppingen: 5.1 percent; office in Geislingen: 5.4 percent). In the previous year it was 3.5 percent.


Development of unemployment among the groups of people

In July, 279 young people under the age of 20 were registered as unemployed. That was 13 people or 4.5 percent fewer than a month ago, but 59 people or 26.8 percent more than a year ago.

Among young people under the age of 25, there were 2,238 unemployed, 42 or 1.9 percent more than in the previous month, and 755 or 50.9 percent more than in July 2019.

The number of unemployed people aged 50 and over has risen by 97 (plus 1.4 percent) to 6,799 compared to June. That was 1,684 people or 32.9 percent more than in July 2019.

4,657 people had been registered as unemployed with the employment agency and job centers for at least a year in July and were therefore considered long-term unemployed. That was 149 people (plus 3.3 percent) more than in the previous month, and 999 (plus 27.3 percent) more than in the same month last year.

The number of unemployed severely disabled people increased by 14 people (plus 1.4 percent) and stood at 1,015 people. Compared to the same month last year, 144 more severely disabled people were registered as unemployed (plus 16.5 percent).



Underemployment, which takes into account not only the number of unemployed but also people in labor market policy measures and short-term incapacity for work, rose by 490 people compared to the previous month (plus 1.9 percent). The total underemployment in July was 26,218. Those were
5,521 (plus 26.7 percent) more than a year ago.


Job offer

In July, 5,894 positions in the joint employer service of the Employment Agency and the job center were registered for filling in the district of the Göppingen Employment Agency. Compared to June that is 164 positions more (plus 2.9 percent). Compared to the previous year, there were 4,449 jobs (minus 43.0 percent) fewer. A total of 1,686 new jobs were registered. That was 400 (plus 31.1 percent) more than in June, but 770 (minus 31.4 percent) less than in the same month last year.


Apprenticeship market

Since the beginning of the career counseling year in October last year, 5,366 vocational training positions have been reported, 7.6 percent fewer than in the same period of the previous year. At 4,401, the number of applicants is 4.8 percent lower than in the previous year.

“The number of apprenticeship positions registered with us has been below the number of previous years since October 2019 - an indication of the structural changes that were also noticeable on the training market. How the corona pandemic is affecting the training market cannot yet be reliably said at this point in time. However, we hope and advise companies to keep their in-house training even during the crisis and thus secure the skilled workers of the future. Because after the crisis there is a need for skilled workers, ”advises Schlör. There are still many vacant apprenticeships this year, companies look forward to applications. Anyone who would like to start an apprenticeship in autumn has a good chance. The career counselors also offer their help during the summer holidays.


Number of short-time workers and companies with short-time work

The figures for the displayed, i.e. planned, short-time work are available to the Employment Agency from March to June as added values. In these four months, a total of 9,338 companies or company departments reported short-time work for 156,618 employees.

In the Esslingen district there were 6 278 companies or company departments with 102 287 employees.

In the district of Göppingen there were 3 060 companies or company departments
54 331 employees.

“The advertisements for short-time working in the economy have declined significantly in the last two months, but short-time work remains at a very high level. It makes a significant contribution to stabilizing the labor market in both districts, ”said Schlör. "We also feel that, particularly in industrial companies, not only the consequences of the corona pandemic, but also the structural changes are noticeable". Since companies usually use up the full twelve-month period when reporting short-time work and have already sent their reports at the beginning of the crisis, the number of notifications is stagnating at a high level.

Advertisements show whether and to what extent companies are planning short-time work. Only when the wages have been settled and the application has been submitted to the Federal Employment Agency does it become clear to what extent short-time work was actually carried out.



The employment counseling service at the Employment Agency has set up a hotline for all questions relating to training, school and bridging opportunities, which you can use to contact the career counselors directly.

Customers of the Esslingen, Nürtingen and Leinfelden-Echterdingen offices can get a direct answer to their questions from Tuesday to Thursday between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on 0711/93930 930!

Customers of the Göppingen, Geislingen and Kirchheim offices can get a direct answer to their questions from Tuesday to Thursday between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on 07161/9770 770!