German unemployment up slightly in December

3rd January 2012, Comments 0 comments

German unemployment rose slightly in December, owing to the start of the winter break, but the annual average jobless total was down for the year as a whole, official data showed Tuesday.

The German jobless rate, which measures the proportion of people registered as unemployed against the working population as a whole, rose to 6.6 percent in December from 6.4 percent in November, according to raw or unadjusted figures published by the Federal Labour Agency in Nuremberg.

In raw or unadjusted terms, the total number of people out of work was up by 67,000 in December from November to stand at 2.78 million, the agency said in a statement.

Unemployment tends to rise in the winter months as sectors such as the construction sector lay off workers due to the cold weather.

But seasonally adjusted numbers actually showed a decrease of 22,000 in the jobless numbers.

Taking the year as a whole, the unadjusted jobless total fell by 263,000 to 2.976 million in 2011. That is equivalent to an annual average unemployment rate of 7.1 percent in raw or unadjusted terms, down from 7.7 percent in 2010.

© 2012 AFP

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