Facts & Figures

Lead Market Mobility

The great economic importance of the main market mobility for the region is undiminished. The percentage of total employment in the Metropolitan Ruhr Area has once again risen in comparison to the previous year, to a current 10.4 %. In 2019, 184,675 employees subject to social insurance contributions were working in this main market.

The highest share of employment in this area is accounted for by the mobility management and logistics sectors (61.9 %) as well as mobility services, such as the operation of workshops and agencies (22.9 %).

Regionally the district of Unna, measured in relation to the number of employees in the overall economy, show a clear specialisation compared to the other Ruhr regions and the national figures. Between 2018 and 2019, the main market recorded an increase in employment of +5.2 % (+9,082 employees), which is significantly stronger than the state and nationwide trend (+2.6 %; +2.1 %).

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184,675 (+5.2%)


13,517 (+0.2%)


27.61 bn. € (-0.5%)


The company and turnover figures were able to remain at a relatively stable level in 2017 (company: +0.2 %, turnover: -0.5 %). Apart from the core transport sector (-13.9 %), all sectors were able to report positive sales figures. The negative trend is mainly due to declining turnover in the production of motor vehicles and components, in shipbuilding (excluding boat and yacht building) and in the production of locomotives and other rail vehicles.

The main market of mobility is facing a major change, especially e-mobility will experience an enormous boom this year. From 2020, electric cars are included in the calculation of the CO2 balance of all new car fleets in the EU for the first time. German car manufacturers intend to bring dozens of plug-in hybrids and purely electric models onto the market. The Federal government is also supporting the transformation with the ‘Master Plan for Charging Infrastructure’, funding for the industrial production of battery cells within the framework of the Energy and Climate Fund (EKF), and by increasing the purchase premium for e-cars.

In this area of tension between disruption and continuity, companies need future-proof strategies and visions in an effort to survive in the market. Both new technologies such as mobile applications or material innovations as well as customer expectations are going to fundamentally change the main market of mobility. As a result, parts of the classic value chain are dissolved and classic business models are exposed to greater pressure to change, particularly due to advancing digitisation.

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