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Record numbers in work in October

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More Germans than ever before were employed in October with 43.08 million people in secure employment, the Federal Labour Office (BA) announced on Thursday.

At the same time last year, there were 381,000 fewer people working in Germany.

"In the golden autumn of October, the number of jobless people has dropped significantly. The current economic insecurities are not appearing in the job market," said BA boss Frank-Jürgen Weise.

Experts have been warning of a weakening German labour market, though the latest statistics show it to be more robust than thought.

There were 2.717 million unemployed people in November, 16,000 less than the previous month and 89,000 fewer than at the same time last year.

The unemployment rate - which measures the jobless total against the working population as a whole - was steady at 6.6 percent in seasonally adjusted terms, the office calculated.

 In raw or unadjusted terms, the jobless total fell by 15,900 and the jobless rate was also unchanged at 6.3 percent.

Jobless numbers decreased by 9,000 in the west and 5,000 in the east.

The latest figures show that there are also 517,000 available jobs on the BA's job market. Particularly sought after were candidates for the metalworking, transportation and logistics, sales and hospitality sectors. 

On Monday, the Federal Statistics Office released numbers that showed  contract work, jobs with less than 20 hours a week and so-called mini-jobs - employment that pays less than €450 a month - dropped by 85,000 from 2012 to 2013. It was the second year of decreases.

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Figures showed that there were 7.8 million people in Germany working those jobs last year.

The agency added this is the fewest number of those kinds of jobs on the market since 2005.

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