Unemployment benefits (Arbeitslosengeld I or ALG I) is a type of social assistance in Germany.

You get ALG I when you lose your job. You only get ALG 1 if you have paid unemployment insurance for at least 12 months in the last 30 months1, 2. You must apply for ALG I at the Bundesagentur für Arbeit1.

Most employees must pay for unemployment insurance. If you are self-employed, unemployment insurance is optional1. This means that most unemployed people can't get ALG I.

ALG I pays 60% to 67% of your previous salary, up to ~2000€ per month2022. It also pays for your health insurance.