See us on:

Berlin’s economy on the road to success

In 2016, Berlin has generated the highest economic growth and the highest increase in employment of all federal states. Thus, the German capital continues its successful course: the GDP and the employment rate have grown faster than the national average for years. In 2016, the GDP has increased by 2.7%, the employment rate has increased by 2.5% compared to the previous year.

More information about employment  here

Income and purchasing power of the population

Full-time, part-time and minor employees in Berlin earned 3,152 euros gross per month in 2016 on average. Thus, the average gross monthly earnings has increased by 2.5% compared to the previous year. Full-time employees received 2.1% more pay, thus reaching an average of 3,924 euros gross monthly earnings. Although the increase in real salaries in 2016 was lower due to a higher increase in consumer prices, Berliners could be pleased about more money in their pockets for the third year in a row now. Compared with the national average, real salaries once again had an above average increase in 2016.

Labor market situation 2016 (yearly average)
Unemployment rate (in %) 9.8
Full-time employees with full benefits (in millions.)
Prices 2016
Consumer price index (2010 ≙ 100)
Construction price index (2010 ≙ 100)
Economic national accounts 2016
Gross domestic product for respective
prices (in billions of EUR)
Change compared with previous year (in %)


Consumer prices

Consumer prices
Index rate
Change compared to the
same month last year
(in %)
Total price index 108.2 0.5
Food, non-alcoholic beverages 113.2 0.8
Alcoholic beverages and tobacco goods 115.8 2.4
Clothing and shoes 102.9 1.4
Living space, water, electricity, gas and other fuel 110.4 -0.2
Furnishings, appliances and fittings for the household plus maintenance thereof 105.5 1.2
Healthcare costs 104.6 1.7
Transport 103.8 -1.3
Communications 90.3 -1.0
Leisure, entertainment and culture 106.9 1.3
Educational system 94.2 -3.2
Hotels and restaurants 112.7 2.8
Other goods and services 112.3 2.0

(Source: Berlin-Brandenburg Statistics Office, 2017)