Brought together unemployment benefits and social security benefits.
Prior to 2005, depending on the claimant’s age and work history, 12 to 32 months of full employment pay (60 – 67 percent of the previous net salary) were followed by unemployment benefits (Arbeitslosenhilfe), 53 to 57 percent of the last net salary.
Since January 2005 full unemployment pay (renamed to Arbeitslosengeld) has been restricted to 12 months in general and 18 months for over 55 years old. This is followed by Arbeitslosengeld II which is much lower and only granted if the claimant fulfils the requirements which are calculated according to the Bedarfsgemeinschaft, which is difficult to translate but means that the household in which the unemployed lives and considers his/her savings, life insurance and the income of husband/wife: only when these reserves are used up will a claimant get money from the state.
[...] This part of the reform brought together the former unemployment benefits for long term unemployed ("Arbeitslosenhilfe") and the welfare benefits ("Sozialhilfe")[...]
Prior to 2005, between 12 and 36 months (depending upon the claimant's age and work history) of full unemployment pay (60 to 67% of the previous net salary) were followed by Arbeitslosenhilfe (unemployment benefits, 53 to 57% of the last net salary). Since 2005, reception of the full unemployment pay (renamed to Arbeitslosengeld I) has been restricted to 12 months in general and 18 months for over-55-year-olds. This is now followed by the (usually much lower) Arbeitslosengeld II if the claimant fits the requirements (see next paragraph).
Whether or not a claimant is eligible for Arbeitslosengeld II depends on his or her savings, life insurance and the income of spouse or partner. Only if these assets are below a threshold level will a claimant get money from the state.
The content of table 5.1. stems almost entirely from the Wikipedia article on the "Hartz concept". (see also Fragment_103_05) Below the table (on page 104), Cs states: "Source: Own Compilation"