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Table 1 Maximum duration of unemployment benefit – before and after the Hartz reforms

From: The German labor market after the Great Recession: successful reforms and future challenges

Length of benefit entitlement (in months) Age (in years) Months worked in last 7 years Length of benefit entitlement (in months) Age (in years) Months worked in last 5/7 years
Prior to the Hartz Reforms February 1, 2006 - February 28, 2008
6 - 12 6 - 12
8 - 16 8 - 16
10 - 20 10 - 20
12 - 24 12 - 24
14 45 28 15 55 30
16 45 32 18 58 36
18 45 36 Since March 1, 2008
20 47 40 6 - 12
22 47 44 8 - 16
24 52 48 10 - 20
26 52 52 12 - 24
28 57 56 15 50 30
30 57 60 18 55 36
32 57 64 24 58 48
  1. Source: SC III (§117 et seq.).