As in the last months, a slight trend to higher unemployment is visible in August regarding unemployed chemists. According to the German „Agentur für Arbeit“ (see Excel-File), 9773 chemistry-related persons were unemployed, 2559 of them so-called „experts“ (The classification of an „expert“ by the „Agentur“ is complicated, but I guess that PhD chemists are a part). You can see the statistics on my „Statistik“ page.
All in all, 16127 chemistry-related persons are looking for a job via the „Agentur“.
These numbers are no reason for hope, but employment numbers are traditionally weak in August.