German unemployment rises to 7 per cent in January due to seasonal slowdown in labour market

BERLIN – German unemployment rose to 7 per cent in January, but the increase was due largely to seasonal factors and the Federal Labor Agency says the job market remains strong.

The rate rose 0.6 percentage points from 6.4 per cent in December, with 3.03 million people out of work in January, the agency said in a report Thursday.

When adjusted for seasonal factors, however, the rate dropped to 6.5 per cent from 6.6 per cent in December.

The agency says the overall rise in January can be attributed to normal winter factors — like when construction work tails off — and that “the employment trend remains clearly upward.”