German unemployment edges up to 6.1 percent in December

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's unemployment rate edged up to 6.1 percent in December as a result of seasonal factors, but the labor market in Europe's biggest economy remained solid.

The Federal Labor Agency said Tuesday that the unadjusted jobless rate was up from 6 percent in November, with 2.681 million people registered as unemployed. That was 48,000 more than the previous month but 82,000 fewer than a year earlier.

The agency said the rise was "purely due to seasonal factors."

In seasonally adjusted terms, the unemployment rate was static at 6.3 percent, with 14,000 fewer people out of work than in November.

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