German unemployment rate remains stable at 5.5% in February


BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s unemployment rate remained stable in February despite a challenging economic situation, Labour Office figures showed on Wednesday.

The Federal Labour Office said the number of people out of work rose by 2,062 to 2.509 million in seasonally adjusted terms.

“The number of employed increased slightly in February, but overall, the labour market was resilient,” said the chairperson of the Federal Employment Agency, Andrea Nahles.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate remained stable at 5.5%.

There were 192,000 more unemployed in February 2023 than in the same month last year. Without the Ukrainian refugees that have come to Germany since the Russian invasion, unemployment would have risen slightly year-on-year, the employment agency said.


(Reporting by Maria Martinez, Editing by Paul Carrel and Friederike Heine)