German jobless rate falls sharply

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The unemployment rate in Germany dropped sharply in April to 8.1 percent of the workforce, the Federal Labour Agency said Thursday, from 8.5 percent in March, in another sign of recovery in Europe's top economy.

"There was an unexpectedly strong springtime upturn on the labour market in April. The current trend is encouraging," said the agency's head, Frank-Juergen Weise.

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