Unemployment which is currently on the rise is particularly affecting men. This is the finding of a study carried out by the Institute for the German Economy in Cologne. Thus, in April this year unemployment was up by 170,000 people as compared to April in 2008. The unemployment rate increased from 8.1% to 8.6%. In particular suffering from this development are men, while the unemployment rate among women is still decreasing.
While the percentage of men without work increased from 7.8% to 8.8% over the past year, it fell from 8.5% to 8.3% for women. The Institute for the German Economy presumes that in particular jobs in the fields of temporary work and in industry are currently cut – sectors employing mainly men. Men account for 74% of employees in both temporary jobs and the processing industry while women are mainly employed in the service sector. Jobs in the service sector, such as in the health system, are, however, still less affected by the current crisis than jobs in other sectors.