German unemployment falls below 3 million

Germany's Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen Ursula von der Leyen presented the latest unemployment figures at a Berlin news conference

Unemployment in Germany has fallen below three million, the German labour minister has said.

Ursula von der Leyen said the jobless total fell to 2.945 million in October from 3.031 million in September.

That marks the lowest level since October 1992, according to official Labour Office statistics.

A government scheme that encouraged firms to shift employees to part-time work rather than lay them off has helped keep unemployment down.

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