East Germany's once struggling cities are being revitalized through newly expanding industries.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the region was a hub of industry and financial prosperity before the Berlin Wall fell. After this occurred, the city lost 200,000 jobs and the population dropped as well. The community struggled to stay afloat until 1999, when big-name car manufacturer Porsche opened a factory there. The company currently employs 1,500 East Germans.
A few years later, BMW followed suit. The brand now has over 6,000 staff members, making the automotive industry the region's most prosperous and fastest-growing sector. DW reported that organizations dealing with solar and wind energy have also started moving into the East as well, taking advantage of ample space and low rent.
Currently, the region has an unemployment rate of 9.6 percent. While this is 3 points higher than the national average, the East is expanding its automotive industry 7 percent faster than the rest of the country. It is also the lowest the jobless rate has been since 1990, which is both monumental and hopeful for workers in the area.