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Federal Employment Agency: income in the East is still much lower than in the West


Even 30 years after the reunification, there are still strong income differences between East and West Germany. The lowest-income is Görlitz in Saxony.

The earnings of employees in Germany continue to vary greatly from one region to another. This is shown by the latest data from the Federal Employment Agency, which has been evaluated by the Left Party in the Bundestag.

Accordingly, the rural districts and cities with the lowest incomes are in eastern Germany. The lowest earning full-time employees with an average of 2,272 euros gross in the Saxon district of Görlitz.Knapp before were the Erzgebirgskreis with 2,301 EuroBrutto income, Vorpommer-Rügen with 2,303 euros, and the Altesburger Land in Thuringia, where employees subject to social insurance earn on average 2,308 euros.

At the top of the evaluation is the Bavarian Ingolstadt, where employed earn an average of 4,897 euros. Just behind Wolfsburg come with 4,893 euros gross earnings, Erlangen with 4,787 euros, as well as Böblingen in Baden-Württemberg, where the average earnings at 4,743 euros.

The statistics do not give any reasons for the differences between East and West, but the current report of the German Government on the state of German Unity points, among other things, to the fact that almost no large companies have their headquarters in East Germany. The fact that Ingolstadt and Wolfsburg are at the top of the income bracket may be due to the fact that they are the seat of the car companies Audi and Volkswagen.

The linen labor market expert Sabine Zimmermann commented on the figures from the Federal Employment Agency that it was shameful that there was a nationwide lower income in East Germany. But also in the west, according to her, suspended regions existed. According to Zimmermannsei, an increase in the minimum wage to 12 euros per hour, as well as an abolition of low-wage employment in the form of temporary employment.

AfD calls special summit for East Germany

Not only from the left, but also from the AfD, the figures of the Federal Employment Agency were evaluated. It has been shown that average income in West Germany has risen by 2.85 percent since 2017 from € 3,339 to € 3,434 last year. In East Germany, the wage increase was 4.88 percent, although higher, but there is the average earnings at 2,707 euros still significantly lower than in the West.

For the federal states with the highest median income, Hamburg is worth 3,718 euros. At the end is Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where employees receive a total of 2,496 euros. While only 40 percent of employees in Hamburg spend less than the national average of 3,404 euros, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania 73 percent.

AfD labor market politician René Springer said in terms of numbers that the build-up of East had come to a standstill and needed a fresh start. Demanded that the Federal Government convene a cross-party special summit on business, growth and social security in Eastern Germany.

Source: zeit

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