East German Labour Market
In the course of 2009, due to the great decline of production activities, the situation in the East German labor market deteriorated. The number of employees decreased and the registered unemployment rose slowly in the first half of this year. In this situation, reducing working time by extending short-time work turned out to be a very useful instrument. Besides, labour market policy measures were expended. Furthermore, labour supply, like in recent years, decreased. In 2010, the situation on the East German labour market will worsen due to low production growth.