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IAB labour market barometer 

IAB labour market barometer December 2020: 101.0 (+0.5 points)

  • Component A (unemployment): 102.4 (+0.7  points)
  • Component B (employment): 99.5 (+0.3 points)





Time series of the IAB labour market barometer and its components in Excel format: time series

General information

The IAB labour market barometer provides good guidance for the labour market development in the near future, more precisely in the next three months. It is based on the expertise in all German employment agencies. Every month, their top-level staff is asked to assess the development of local unemployment and employment over the next three months. The IAB labour market barometer includes - in addition to component A that signals the unemployment development - a component B that signals the employment development. The IAB labour market barometer is the mean value of both partial indicators. It provides a more comprehensive picture of the expected development of the German labour market in the short term. The IAB labour market barometer is regularly released towards the end of month. Its scale goes from 90 (i.e. very negative outlook) to 110 (i.e. very positive outlook).


Release Dates

  • 27 January 2021
  • 25 February 2021
  • 29 March 2021
  • 27 April 2021
  • 27 May 2021
  • 28 June 2021
  • 27 July 2021
  • 26 August 2021
  • 28 September 2021
  • 26 October 2021
  • 25 November 2021
  • 30 December 2021