Das Arbeitsamt

Das Arbeitsamt is a name given to the Bundesagentur für Arbeit – the German unemployment agency.

It is responsible for helping unemployed people find jobs and processing their claims for unemployment benefit (Arbeitslosengeld).  It is also possible to go there for career advice.

A separate part of the agency deals with employers, for example when they apply for an employer number in order to take on employees.

Finally, the agency also carries out research into the job market.

The head office is situated in Nuremberg but there are branches in most larger towns.  It is the largest Government agency in Germany, and is mainly funded by social security contributions (Arbeitslosenversicherung).

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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


  1. is this agency really working… i havent heard of it !

  2. is this agency really working… i havent heard of it !

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