German unemployment falls further despite partial lockdown in November

The unemployment rate edged down to 6.1% from 6.2% in the previous month

  
Commuters wear face masks as they wait on a platform of the main train station Hauptbahnhof, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Berlin, Germany, October 16, 2020.

Commuters wear face masks as they wait on a platform of the main train station Hauptbahnhof, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Berlin, Germany, October 16, 2020.

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BERLIN - German unemployment fell unexpectedly in November despite a partial lockdown to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe's largest economy, data showed on Tuesday.

The labour office said the number of people out of work decreased by 39,000 in seasonally adjusted terms to 2.817 million. A Reuters poll had forecast a rise of 8,000.

The unemployment rate edged down to 6.1% from 6.2% in the previous month, the lowest level since April.

The number of people on short-time work schemes, which have shielded the labour market from the brunt of the pandemic, fell to 2.22 million in September. This compared to roughly 2.6 million in the previous month and a peak of nearly 6 million reached in April at the height of the pandemic.

(Reporting by Michael Nienaber Editing by Riham Alkousaa) ((michael.nienaber@thomsonreuters.com; +49 30 2888 5085; Reuters Messaging: michael.nienaber.reuters.com@reuters.net www.twitter.com/REUTERS_DE www.reuters.de))

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