German unemployment rises sharply in May

May 29, 2013, 7:40 AM EDT
The logo of the unemployment centre 'Agentur fuer Arbeit' is seen on the facade, on April 11, 2012, at the district Kreuzberg in Berlin, Germany.
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German unemployment rose by more than expected in May. The latest official figures show that 2.96 million Germans were out of work in the month, a 21,000 increase on April. Bad weather and a relatively high number of public holidays in the month are said to be the cause of the rise. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.9%. Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to be  be looking to keep unemployment below 3 million ahead of September's federal elections.

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