It's a number that's sure to impress: An unemployment rate of six percent. There are even parts of Germany where full unemployment reigns. But for how much longer? With the huge number of refugees arriving in the country, figures are likely to rise.
The number of jobless Germans rose slightly in December compared with the previous month. But on an annual basis there have never been more people employed in Europe's biggest economy in the past 27 years.
Germany's official statistics show unemployment at its lowest level since 1992. But the numbers are misleading, according to labor economist Heinz-Josef Bontrup. Real unemployment is much higher. Here's how it works.
The number of people employed in Germany hit its highest-ever level in 2017. Europe's biggest economy added jobs at a pace not seen in a decade, driven by a strong upswing in business activity.
The German government and businesses should do more to get refugees into the job market, local councils have said. Regional authorities say they are too often left with the task of integration.
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