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German Jobless Rate at Record Low

German Jobless Rate at Record LowGerman Jobless Rate at Record Low

As a general election looms next month, the latest unemployment data from Europe’s largest economy shows a strong jobs market. At the same time the eurozone is also on track to reach its inflation targets.

Unemployment in Germany held at record lows for August, official figures released by the Federal Labor Agency showed Thursday. The jobless rate in Europe’s strongest economy stood at 5.7% this month, in seasonally-adjusted figures, DW reported.

“The labor market continues to develop positively,” said labor agency head Detlef Scheele. Adding, “Strong growth in employment continues and companies’ demand for new workers remains high.”

In absolute terms, the number of people unemployed fell by 5,000 to 2.53 million in August in seasonally-adjusted terms.

However, unadjusted figures showed a slight rise in unemployment this month, adding 0.1 percentage point month-on-month. In concrete terms, the unadjusted jobless total increased by 27,000 to reach 2.54 million.

The jobless count typically increases during the summer months as students graduate from school, university or vocational training and start looking for jobs.

The healthy state of the economy is likely to help Chancellor Angela Merkel as she campaigns for a fourth term in the September 24 national election. If reelected, she has pledged to work toward full employment—defined as a rate below 3%—by 2025.

Greece continued to have the highest unemployment rate in the eurozone and the European Union as a whole at 21.7%, followed by Spain with over 17% and Italy with over 11%.

The lowest unemployment was recorded in the Czech Republic at 2.9%. By comparison the unemployment rate in the United States was 4.3% in July.


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