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Unemployment rates

Over time in recent years, the city of Bonn has been characterized by a slightly lower unemployment rate compared to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. However, on average in 2020, the unemployment rate in the city of Bonn was on par with the state of NRW at 7.5%. In the surrounding Rhein-Sieg district, the unemployment rate was 5.6% and in the federal government 5.9%. Compared with the previous year, the unemployment rates in all the areas compared here have risen significantly: 1.2 percentage points in Bonn, 1.0 percentage points in the state of NRW, 0.9 percentage points in the federal government, and 0.8 percentage points in the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis. In the period from 2010 to 2020, Bonn therefore has the highest unemployment rate of 7.5% in 2020. Prior to this, the rate in Bonn has fallen continuously since 2015 from 7.3% to the lowest value in 2019 at 6.3%. 

In a comparison of the 20 largest German cities, Bonn ranks seventh with an average unemployment rate of 7.5% in 2020. In this view, the cities of Munich (4.8%), Münster (5.2%), Stuttgart (5.3%), Dresden (6.2%), Nuremberg (6.3%) and Frankfurt am Main (6.7%) perform better with the lowest rates. Other NRW cities in the Rhine region, such as Düsseldorf (7.8%), Cologne (9.2%) and Duisburg (12.1%), have in some cases significantly higher unemployment rates. The average value for all 20 cities considered here is a rate of 8.2%, and the average increase in the unemployment rate between 2019 and 2020 is seen at an increase of 1.2 percentage points, which puts Bonn exactly in line with the average for all cities.

Unemployment rates of women and men

A more differentiated look at the average unemployment rates for 2020 shows that in the city of Bonn, men are more affected by unemployment with a rate of 8.2% than women with 6.8%. In a similar way - although not quite as pronounced - this also applies to the Rhein-Sieg district, to North Rhine-Westphalia as a whole and to the federal territory.

Mr. Dr. Matthias Schönert

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