3 Jan 2013

Record number of Germans in jobs

5:56 am on 3 January 2013

The number of people in Germany who have a job rose to a record high last year, even though growth is slowing as the eurozone debt crisis hits the German labour market.

The number of people in work increased by 416,000, 1%, to an annual average 41.5 million last year, the sixth consecutive annual record, according to Destatis, the national statistics office, on Wednesday.

At the same time, the annual average jobless total declined by 162,000 to 2.34 million last year, the agency said.

December jobless data, calculated by the federal labour office, are scheduled to be published on Thursday.