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The Munich labor market

Four different people in a high tech work situation  Link öffnet eine vergrößerte Darstellung des Bildes.
© Christian Kasper, LHM

Current developments

Companies of all shapes and sizes across a broad spread of industries combine with close links between high-tech businesses and manufacturing operations to create what has become known as the unique “Munich mix”. This mix is instrumental in making the Bavarian capital one of the most stable business hubs in Germany.

Very impressive labor market figures keep Munich out in front in statistical comparisons of Germany's major cities. No other city of more than 600,000 people has a lower unemployment rate. In 2018, the figure ranged as low as 3.5 % for the Munich branch of the Federal Employment Agency.

Rising employment

Munich's population is growing. At the same time, the city's employment figures too are plotting an extremely positive graph. On average for the whole of 2018, a new record figure of 874,099 people were employed in socially insured jobs in Munich. Overall, in 2018 the number of employees registered for social insurance was up by about 23,700 in Munich, a year-on-year increase of 2.8 %.

A population of 1.54 million makes Munich Germany's third-largest city, after Hamburg and Berlin. Munich is already Germany's second largest venue for employment. Munich's current growth phase has continued unbroken for more than 16 years. Since the last population forecast in 2013, the number of residents has grown by around 30,000 per annum. In the process, Munich is becoming more cosmopolitan and the proportion of young people is increasing.

Industries and demand

In absolute terms in 2018, most new jobs were created in the service sector (+21,739 jobs), with 'Freelance, scientific and technical services' making a particularly notable contribution of + 4.7 % (5,869 new jobs). In terms of percentages the 'information and communication' sector delivered the largest growth (+ 7.5 %), a gain of 5,815 new jobs, followed by the retail sector (+3.8 %). Again in 2018 'healthcare and social services' experienced rising demand for labor and saw a 2.4 % increase in employment (2,329 jobs).

As in the preceding years, the Munich labor market remained very dynamic. According to data from the Federal Employment Agency, demand continued to be especially strong in MINT jobs (Mathematics, Information Technology, Natural and Technical Sciences), in manufacturing, retail, healthcare and social services.


In the course of 2019, unemployment figures have stayed at their current low level. Job seekers thus have very good chances of finding work in Munich.

Status: 7/2019