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German unemployment hits record low despite Brexit gloom

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German unemployment hits record low despite Brexit gloom
Photo: DPA
11:28 CEST+02:00
Unemployment in Germany hit a new record low in March, official data showed Friday, as Europe's largest economy continues to defy economic uncertainty with a strong performance.

The out-of-work figure fell to 5.8 percent this month, the Federal Labour Agency said, beating analysts' forecasts.

A 0.1-percentage point fall from the level it had held since January placed it at a new all-time low since German reunification in 1990.

"The number of unemployed sank significantly as spring begins to breathe life into the economy," said the agency's chief Detlef Scheel in a statement.

"Growth in employment is holding steady and demand from companies for new employees remains high."

In seasonally-adjusted figures, the number of people registered as out of work fell by 30,000 in March.

Jobs, wages and working conditions are set to be a key battleground in German elections slated for September, with left-wing politicians pushing for higher wages and more unemployment protection.

Right-wingers contend that tough employment law reforms in the mid-2000s built the foundation for Germany's present economic success and should not be rolled back.

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