The employment statistics capture all employees subject to social insurance contributions and employees in marginal employment as well as their employment relationships, and is maintained by the Federal Employment Agency (BA). They also include specifications on the companies the respective persons work with. The statistics are structured according to industries and regions.

They are obtained from social insurance registrations by employers. Among others, the industry-specific data provide important information for labour market and employment research and the labour market policy; the regional allocation of companies is highly relevant, among others, when distributing the local shares in VAT revenues. But also for the original tasks of the BA – counselling and placement – the allocation of employers to industries plays an important role.