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Unemployment rates

Compared to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the city of Bonn is characterised by a slightly lower unemployment rate. On average in 2019, the unemployment rate in the city of Bonn was 6.3%, in the surrounding Rhein-Sieg district 4.8%, in North Rhine-Westphalia 6.5% and at federal level 5.0%. Compared to the previous year, the unemployment rates in Bonn and in the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis fell by 0.1 percentage points each. At state and federal level, the decline was even sharper, at 0.2 and 0.3 percentage points respectively. In the period from 2009 to 2019, Bonn recorded the highest unemployment rate of 7.6% in 2009; since then, the rate had initially fallen by 1.0 percentage points to 6.6% in 2011, before rising again slightly to 7.3% in 2015; there has subsequently been a continuous decline. In a comparison of the 20 largest German cities, Bonn ranks ninth with an annual average unemployment rate of 6.3% in 2019. The cities with the lowest rates are Munich (3.5%), Stuttgart (4.1%), Münster (4.6%), Frankfurt am Main (5.0%), Leipzig (5.0%), Nuremberg (5.2%), Dresden (5.6%) and Hamburg (6.1%). Other NRW cities along the Rhine such as Düsseldorf (6.6%), Cologne (7.8%) or Duisburg (10.8%) have in some cases significantly higher unemployment rates.

Unemployment rates of women and men

A more differentiated analysis of the average unemployment rates for 2019 shows that in the city of Bonn men with a rate of 6.9% are more affected by unemployment than women with 5.7%. In a similar way - although not quite as pronounced - this also applies to the Rhein-Sieg district, North Rhine-Westphalia as a whole and the federal territory.

Mr. Dr. Matthias Schönert

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