Employer enterprise deaths (since 2015)

In 2018, a total of 19 326 employer enterprises with 70 411 employees were closed down. The resulting employer enterprise death rate was 8.1% on average. In industry and construction (sections B-F, NACE Rev.2) the death rate 2018 amounted to 6.3% and in the services sector (sections G-S, excluding 64.2 "Management activities of holding companies" and 64.3 “Trusts”) it was 8.5%.

In terms of the effect on employment, in 2018, an average of 3.6 jobs (for self-employed persons and employees) was affected per enterprise death. The highest average number of employed persons affected by enterprise deaths was recorded in the economic activities „Mining and quarrying “ (6.0), “Administrative and support service activities “ (4.7), „Transportation and storage “ (4.5) and „Accommodation and food service activities“ (4.4).

In 2018, above-average employer enterprise death rates can be found for example for the economic activities “Arts, entertainment and recreation“ (10.6%), „Accommodation and food service activities “ (10.4%) and “Transportation and storage” (10.0%). The rates were below average in the sectors „ Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities “ (2.3%), „ Mining and quarrying “ (3.3%), „ Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply “ (4.2%) and „Manufacturing“ (5.2%).


The numbers of enterprise deaths for the last two reporting years (here: 2017 and 2018) and those for enterprise births, active enterprises and survival for the most recent reporting year (here: 2018) are provisional.

Since 2015 a revised method to produce employer business demography statistics was used. The data were recalculated with the new method back to reporting year 2007. For enterprise deaths the recalculation of the new methodology for the years 2007 to 2009 was ex post only possible in a limited way. That is why there is a break in time series for the year 2010.

Employer enterprise deaths 2007-2018 by NACE activity
Employer enterprise deaths 2007-2018 by legal forms (grouped)
Employer enterprise deaths 2007-2018 by employee size classes
Employer enterprise deaths 2007-2018 by provinces
Employer enterprise deaths 2007-2018 by NUTS3
Employer enterprise deaths 2007-2018 by gender of the sole proprietor

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