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German miracle, unemployment falls to its lowest since December 1991

Wednesday, January 4th 2012 - 05:23 UTC
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German unemployment fell to its lowest rate in December since 1991, according to the German Federal Labour Agency.

The adjusted jobless rate fell to 6.8% from 6.9% in November, the Federal Labour Office said. This marked a new record low since figures for unified Germany were first published.

The seasonally-adjusted total for the number of people out of work in Germany fell 22,000 to 2.88 million in December. The agency said the number of people out of work averaged 2.976 million over the course of last year.

News of the figures saw the German Dax stock exchange rise almost 1% by noon on Tuesday. This was equal to an average jobless rate of 7.1 % - down from 7.7% in 2010.

Leading economists expect Germany's economic growth to slow in 2012, however, in line with other major Euro zone economies, which may put a squeeze on wages and jobs.

But, as the BBC's Berlin correspondent Stephen Evans points out, unemployment at a record low for the last two decades is something most countries would envy, and a sign of the way Germany has rebuilt itself since the Wall came down.

“Germany's manufacturing and export-driven economy finished the year strongly - piling on another 22,000 jobs in December,” said Anthony Cheung of market analysts RANsquawk.

“Behind the strong performance lie some adept moves by Germany's exporters. ”As their Euro zone markets weakened, they have been very good at moving their focus elsewhere.

“German carmakers have more than compensated by dramatically growing sales to developing markets”.

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  • Fido Dido

    as I typed before, the so called Euro crisis works only for the Germans who make high quality of products that are wanted. Germany is the winner and losers are the southern European nations.

    Jan 04th, 2012 - 06:52 pm 0
  • pcooper41

    the german people made such a great recovery from ww2, i think other euro countries should folow their path and their ideas ? the main reasons are looking out for all, take interest in the people . not like america and other taking care of the rich only. the germans are still, some of smartist people still today

    Jan 06th, 2012 - 02:33 am 0
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