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Development of economic sectors

The classification of economic activities (WZ 2008) distinguishes 21 economic sections, which are often further summarised for analysis purposes. For example, the sector of "Public and private services (excluding public administration)" with 59,679 persons in the city of Bonn has the most employees subject to social insurance contributions, which corresponds to a share of 33.1%. Not included are the employees in public administration, who are shown separately: With 11.3% of all employees subject to social insurance contributions, this sector is still highly relevant in Bonn and comprises 20,341 employees. Professional, scientific and technical services account for 11.1% of all employees, which corresponds to 20,009 persons. With 18,849 employees, more than one in ten (10.4%) work in the information and communication sector. In total, these four areas alone account for about two thirds of all employees (118,878 in absolute terms) in Bonn.

Information and communications sector continues to grow

Between 2018 and 2019, the information and communications sector was able to grow significantly in percentage terms by +5.9% and in absolute terms by 1,049 employees - as in previous years. The largest percentage growth was also achieved by the transport and warehousing sector with +4.8% (+304 employees) and financial and insurance services with +3.5% (+258 employees). The sector of public and private service providers (excluding public administration) also made a clearly positive contribution to the growth in employment in absolute terms with +1,986 employees. Particularly noteworthy here are the health and social services, which - as in the previous year - primarily provided the employment impetus. The largest losses were recorded in the manufacturing industry with -3.8% and -361 employees, and in other economic services with -3.0% and -331 employees, respectively.

3,850 new employees in Bonn between 2018/19

In summary, it should be noted that the developments in the individual sectors with their respective profits and losses between 2018 and 2019 have led to an above-average overall development of +2.2% or exactly 3,839 employees subject to social security contributions in the city of Bonn compared to the state of NRW (+1.8%). This means that the positive employment trend of the past few years is continuing for the Federal City of Bonn. In the last five years alone, approximately 17,000 new employees subject to social security contributions were counted (2015: +1,974, 2016: +4,223, 2017: +3,691, 2018: +3,158, 2019: +3,839).

The structural changes of recent years also show that the growth in employment in Bonn has been initiated in particular by the services sector and that this is where the greatest impetus for growth and new jobs can be seen. For this reason, the share of the service sector in all employees has systematically increased to 92.4% in recent years. By contrast, the manufacturing industry as a whole has lost some of its importance in the economic structure, though not so much because of the absolute change in employment figures (which fluctuate roughly between 13,500 and 14,000 employees) as because of the strong dynamic growth in employment in selected branches of the service sector.

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