The new knowledge-based branches in Kaiserslautern as well as the long-established manufacturing branches and hand crafts are affected by skilled worker shortage. This effect is reinforced by an ongoing demographic change to an older society, which based on low birth rates and emigration of young people. Furthermore a high number of early school leavers without or with insufficient school qualifications and a mismatch between the needs of the employers and the offered education/trainings intensified the current challenges of the labour market.
|City of Kaiserslautern||County of Kaiserslautern|
|Unemployment rate in per cent||5.9||5.4|
|Unemployment rate of young people (15 till 25)* in per cent||7.2||6.4|
* Underemployment rate describes registered unemployed people and people which are due to qualification measures (trainings etc.) not registered as unemployed –
Data Source: Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Hrsg.) (2012): Strukturdaten und -indikatoren Agentur für Arbeit Kaiserslautern, Reihe Zahlen, Daten, Fakten