Demographic change will affect the labor market even more seriously than previously assumed. A study by the Bertelsmann Foundation warns against this. Of particular concern is the decline in 19-24 year olds. This age group will shrink from just under 6 million to 4.8 million by 2025. The eastern part of Germany is thinnest, where after the turnaround there was a strong decline in the birth rate.
The 19 to 24 year olds are particularly important for the development of the workforce potential. Because at this age study, master education and further training take place. Breaking away from this age group will make it difficult for companies to attract skilled workers. The study therefore strongly recommends training the few young people as well as possible.