It is still the attractiveness of the euro that drives people from the new federal states to work in the West. Full-time East German commuters received an average gross income of 3,588 euros per month at their place of work in West Germany (as of the end of 2019). In East Germany as a place of work, the median wage was only 2827 euros. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is at the very end of the scale with a gross figure of 2659 euros, while Baden-Württemberg, with a gross figure of 3755 euros, is more than 1000 euros higher.
The East German labor market is still considerably relieved and the problems are covered up, ”says Zimmermann.