Low unemployment rates in Germany

In 2016, the unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent in Germany. Germany therefore has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world. The same year, the average rate for the 28 EU states was twice as high. While elsewhere in Europe, youth unemployment has risen significantly in the past few years, in Germany the dual education system has paid off. In 2016, only 7.1 percent of 15 to 24 year-olds were registered unemployed. The average for the EU-28 zone was 18.7 percent. 

But adults are also benefiting from Germany's sound economic and labour situation. The unemployment rates for 25 to 54 year-olds and 55 to 64 year-olds were also very low, at 3.9 and 3.9 percent respectively in 2016.