The number of people out of work in Germany reportedly fell by 41,000 in March, according to the newspaper Berliner Zeitung and the news agency Reuters quoting an official from the Labour Ministry. The figures were due to be officially released on Thursday morning.
The number is not adjusted for seasonal factors, which is the headline figure used in Germany.
It means the total number of unemployed there is 5,176,000 Economists said it was difficult to draw any conclusions from the figures and it was too early to see a trend.
Particularly as the jobless figure when corrected for seasonal variations showed a increase in March of 92,000, which is a new post war record.
The Berlin government is hoping the figures will improve in the second half of the year as its reforms work their way through the system.