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The new study "Youth Unemployment in Times of Crises in the EU 27" by FiBS examines youth unemployment in the EU in the wake of the financial and economic crisis of 2008/09 and links it to a first estimate of how youth unemployment might increase after the Corona crisis. According to this estimate, unemployment among the low-skilled could even exceed the 40 percent margin, but not until the mid-2020s. Furthermore, unemployment among men may be higher than among women.
The study was prepared for the local Ministry of Finance and Economy and KfW Entwicklungsbank and contains a detailed analysis of the vocational training system and approaches for future development against the background of economic and labour market developments. "If the developments of the past few years continue, the demand for skilled labour will continue to rise. For vocational training, this means that there will be a considerable need for qualifications," says Dohmen.
A current population forecast by FiBS shows that Berlin will have over 4 million inhabitants by the end of the coming decade and 5 million by the mid-2040s. The slight decline in immigration dynamics in the last two years will have only a minor impact on population development in the coming years and decades.
At the 7th Innovation Day of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and the Innovation Bureau Fachkräfte für die Region, FiBS Director Dr. Dieter Dohmen gave a keynote speech on continuing education, innovation and growth in SMEs. Dr. Dohmen noted that continuing education in combination with jobs that promote learning is positive for innovation and growth. If SMEs promote and challenge their employees and support them through formalised continuing education, they are innovative and can survive in competition.