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German unemployment rises slightly to 6.8 per cent in July as summer holidays start

BERLIN – Germany’s unemployment rate has risen to 6.8 per cent in July from 6.6 per cent the previous month.

The increase in jobless numbers by 49,000 was due to seasonal influences including the start of the summer holiday period.

The Federal Labor Agency said Wednesday that a total of 2.914 million people were registered as unemployed, about 38,000 more than in the same period last year.

Unemployment in Europe’s biggest economy is far lower than in many of the other European Union countries that use the euro. Spain and Greece for example have unemployment rates above 25 per cent.