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German unemployment down to 6 per cent in May

BERLIN – Official figures show unemployment in Germany dropped to 6 per cent in May, underlining the strength of the labour market in Europe’s largest economy.

The Federal Labor Agency said Tuesday that the unadjusted jobless rate was down from 6.3 per cent in April, with 2.66 million people registered as unemployed.

Unemployment in the states of the former West Germany was 5.5 per cent. The jobless rate was 8.4 per cent in the formerly communist east.

When adjusted for seasonal factors, the rate dropped to 6.1 per cent from 6.2 per cent the previous month. Analysts had expected the rate to remain unchanged.