Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Industry and Market Overview

With one of the lowest unemployment rates and an export rate of 55.1 % the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate is one of the most dynamic economies of Germany. Chemicals, automotive, metal production and metals products, mechanical engineering and also food and beverage manufacturing sectors are the pillars of the state’s economy. The state has developed several industrial clusters among which the most prominent are Commercial Vehicle Cluster, Metal and Ceramic Cluster and the most exciting up-coming sector is the one of renewable energies and energy efficiency.

Productivity of the Federal States (except city states)
Gross value added per employee in manufacturing sector 2014

Bundesland

in EUR

Niedersachsen

89,181

Baden-Württemberg

88,671

Bayern

87,864

Hessen

87,116

Rheinland-Pfalz

84,770

Nordrhein-Westfalen

83,376

Schleswig-Holstein

80,569

Saarland

80,210

Brandenburg

76,223

Sachsen-Anhalt

71,386

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

63,067

Sachsen

62,289

Thüringen

54,981

Source: The Regional Accounts (VGRdL) - Gross domestic product, gross value added in the states - Series 1, Volume 1 (2015)

Export ratios of the Federal States 2014
(except city states; companies with more than 50 employees)

Bundesland

in %

Baden-Württemberg

56.3

Rheinland-Pfalz

55.1

Bayern

52.7

Hessen

52.6

Saarland

48.1

Niedersachsen

46.5

Nordrhein-Westfalen

45.0

Schleswig-Holstein

42.5

Sachsen

40.0

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

33.3

Thüringen

32.3

Brandenburg

30.0

Sachsen-Anhalt

28.3

Source: State Statistical Office (2015)