Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Industry and Market Overview

With one of the lowest unemployment rates and an export rate of 56 % 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.

Economic structure in manufacturing sector of the Federal States, 2015 share of gross value added in current prices in %

State

in %

Baden-Württemberg

40

Saarland

36

Bavaria

34

Rhineland-Palatinate

33

Thuringia

33

Saxony-Anhalt

33

Lower Saxony

32

Saxony

31

Germany

31

Brandenburg

28

North Rhine-Westfalia

28

Bremen

27

Hesse

25

Schleswig-Holstein

24

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

22

Hamburg

17

Berlin

16

The Regional Accounts (VGRdL), 2016

Export ratios of the Federal States 2015
(except city states; companies with more than 50 employees)

Bundesland

in %

Baden-Württemberg

58.4

Rhineland-Palatinate

56.0

Bavaria

53.9

Hessen

51.1

Saarland

49.7

Germany

49.4

Lower Saxony

47.6

North Rhine-Westfalia

45.5

Schleswig-Holstein

40.2

Saxony

40.0

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania

35.9

Thuringia

32.9

Brandenburg

32.3

Saxony-Anhalt

29.1

Source: Federal Statistical Office Germany, 2016