Employment and living standards - Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-1939 - Eduqas - GCSE History Revision - Eduqas - BBC Bitesize Although Germany claimed to have full employment by 1939, many groups of people were not included in the statistics, including: The 1.4 million men in the army at this time. Jews who were sacked and their jobs given to non-Jews. Women who were encouraged to give up their jobs to men. Big businesses - By 1937 monopolies (which the Nazis had promised to tackle) controlled over 70 per cent of production. Rearmament from 1935 onwards boosted profits and managers of the major industrial companies saw their wages rise by 50 per cent between 1933 and 1939 Those working in the rearmament industries aside, living standards did not really improve for German workers under the Nazis. From 1933 to 1939 wages fell, the number of hours worked rose by 15 per cent, serious accidents in factories increased and workers could be blacklisted by employers if they attempted to question their working conditions.