Unemployment at a historic low - Municipal job centers in Münsterland take stock

Unemployment at a historic low - Municipal job centers in Münsterland take stock

Borken County. The five municipal job centers in the Münsterland report a historical low in unemployment in the area of ​​basic security for jobseekers for 2018. On average, around 23.800 people in the region were registered as unemployed in SGB II, almost 2.000 less than a year earlier. "This is the lowest value since the introduction of the SGB II in the year 2005", emphasizes Thomas Ostholthoff, executive committee of the jobcenter circle Steinfurt. At the time, the number was still above 30.000.
The positive development is also reflected in the unemployment rate for the SGB II sector. It again fell year-on-year by 0,3 percentage points to now 2,6 percent. The unemployment rate shows the good labor market situation in the region: The comparative value in NRW is 4,8 percent. Karin Ostendorff, head of the job center in Borken, explains the advantages of the region, "we benefit from the diversified branch structure of the local companies, the many different pillars give the Münsterland economic stability."
In principle, all groups of people benefited from the decline in unemployment in Münsterland. It is particularly pleasing, however, that the number of young unemployed under 25 years has fallen more than average. It fell 12,0 percent to almost 2.400 within a year. The specific unemployment rate decreased by 0,4 percentage points to 2,1 percent. Ralf Bierstedt, head of the Jobcenter Münster, sees the job center's work confirmed in this development: "The municipal job centers in Münsterland offer a wide range of instruments to increase the training and employment situation of young people in the region. It is important to develop strategies and offers for each individual in accordance with the individual needs of support in order to pave the way into the world of work in a sustainable way. "Often, many small steps lead to long-term and sustainable success.
The continued good economic development in 2018 continued to generate strong demand for labor, which also benefited the Münsterland job centers. "Last year, we barely smoothed the way for 15.000 people out of the SGB II benefit scheme back into working life, more than 2.800 were people in the context of flight migration. Integration in these cases was mostly preceded by language acquisition and then by qualification or training. All in all, we were once again able to increase our integration rate compared to the very good level of the previous year, and we are at the top of the regions in North Rhine-Westphalia with more than 25 percent, "says Thomas Bleiker, Head of the Job Center Coesfeld. The main reasons for this result are the high dynamics of the largely medium-sized businesses and the close cooperation of the Münsterland job centers with the companies.
Last year, the Münsterland's five job centers averaged around 85.000 per month, 4,5 percent less than a year earlier. "These people are spread across 43.000 households, which we have secured financially by taking over the costs of rent, food, clothing, water, electricity and heating, as well as health and long-term care insurance," explains Warendorf's job center manager Dr , Ansgar Seidel. For this, the job centers have paid a total of 400 million in 2018.
Even though the economy started with less thrust into the year 2019 and the economic momentum slows down, the conditions for solid growth remain good. The willingness of companies to recruit, especially among SMEs, remains high. 30 percent of the companies in Münsterland want to expand the number of employees according to a survey by the Nord Westfalen Chamber of Industry and Commerce in 2019. Almost all companies surveyed describe their current business situation as good or satisfactory.
"Under these conditions, we would like to focus more on people who have long relied on SGB II services. For them, there will be new perspectives on the job market in 2019, not least due to new funding opportunities offered by the Participation Opportunities Act, "said the joint outlook of the Jobcenter management.
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Looking forward to the successful work of the job center in the Münsterland (from left to right): Julia Roesler (Head of the Regional Agency Münsterland), Thomas Ostholthoff (Head of the Jobcenter Kreis Steinfurt) and Dr. Ing. Ansgar Seidel (head of Jobcenter Kreis Warendorf), Thomas Bleiker (head of job center Coesfeld), Karin Ostendorff (head of job center Borken), Ralf Bierstedt (head of Jobcenter Münster). © Münsterland eV

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