The number of people out of work in Germany continues to rise.
The latest figures from the Federal Labour Office show that in July the headline unadjusted total increased by 52,000 to 3.46 million. That is 8.2 percent of the working population. In figures adjusted to take into account seasonal factors, German unemployment fell by 6,000 from the previous month – however that was due to a change in the way the figures are calculated and without that change it is estimated they would have increased by 30,000. The head of the jobs agency Frank-Jürgen Weise explained: “On the whole, the impact of the crisis has been moderate. The wide-spread use of part time work is stabilising the labour market. German Employment Minister Olaf Scholz pointed out that things would be even worse but for state intervention: “It is good that Germany is a welfare state. That’s why the unemployment figures are still lower than in other countries. Given the difficult economic context, the July figures we are now reporting are truly sensational.” But analysts said with the Berlin government predicting that Europe’s largest economy could contract by a record six percent this year, a big increase in unemployment can be expected after September’s general election.