Berlin (Reuters) – According to the Ifo Institute, Bavaria has the largest number of short-time workers in Germany during the corona crisis.
According to this, 1,469 million people were on short-time work there in May, which corresponds to 26 percent of employees subject to social security, according to the Munich researchers’ survey published on Monday. In the most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, it was 1.466 million or 21 percent, in Baden-Wrttemberg 1.09 million or 23 percent. Lower Saxony and Bremen followed with a total of 767,000 or 23 percent.
“Especially in countries with an important automotive and supplier industry, a lot of short-time work is done,” explained Ifo labor market expert Sebastian Link. In total, the institute estimates the number of short-time workers in May to be around 7.3 million. The Federal Employment Agency expects an average of 2.2 million short-time workers per year in 2020 and 7.5 million at peak times.