Germany has reported its first rise in unemployment in almost three years.
Unemployment rose in December for the first time since February 2006, bringing to an end a three-year labour market boom in Europe's largest economy.
Jobless numbers were up by 18,000 in seasonally adjusted terms - more than expected.
The German government is working on a second stimulus package, expected next week, which could total 50 billion euros ($US67 billion).
The Financial Times Deutschland newspaper reported the coalition is also discussing support measures worth up to 100 billion euros for firms in financial trouble.