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German unemployment falls to new post-unification low

The number of people registered as unemployed in Germany fell by a seasonally-adjusted 15,000 to 2.798 million in February, the Federal Labour Office saidGerman unemployment fell in March to the lowest level since the country reunited in 1990 as the recovery in Europe’s biggest economy continues to pick up speed, data showed on Tuesday. The number of people registered as unemployed in Germany fell by a seasonally-adjusted 15,000 to 2.798 million in February, the Federal Labour Office said. The unemployment rate — which measures the jobless total against the working population as a whole — slipped to 6.4 percent in March from 6.5 percent in February, also the lowest level since west and east Germany reunited in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall the previous year. In raw or unadjusted terms, the jobless total decreased by 85,500 to 2.932 million and the jobless rate eased to 6.8 percent in March from 6.9 percent in February, the labour office said.

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