The job centre in Potsdam
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Any person who would like to work but finds no job is unemployed. Someone who is sacked from his or her job is also unemployed. To show that you want to work and need help looking for employment, you have to register at the job centre (also known as an employment office). The staff there tries and finds work for the unemployed.
For many people, being unemployed is an unpleasant experience. They have the feeling of not being needed, even though they still want to work and are able to. People who have lost their job also have much less money than they did before, because they have to rely on unemployment benefits. In Germany, the unemployment insurance that people pay money into while they have a job pays only around 60 per cent of their former salary if they are out of work. This regulation also applies to people who were not sacked by their employer but resigned of their own accord and then found no other work. The longer people are unemployed and the older they are, the harder it is for them to find a new job.
Gerd Schneider / Christiane Toyka-Seid