BERLIN, April 30 German unemployment rose
slightly in April in seasonally adjusted terms as cold winter
weather kept people out of work for longer than usual at this
time of year, the Labour Office said on Tuesday.
However, the jobless rate stayed close to a reunification
low of 6.9 percent, in line with the consensus in a Reuters poll
of 33 economists.
The number of people out of work, adjusted for seasonal
swings, increased by 4,000 to 2.938 million, twice the expected
rise in a Reuters poll.
"(It) could be to do with longer lasting weather-related
limitations this year," the Labour Office said in a statement.
Even though the politically important unadjusted jobless
rate has hovered above 3 million for four months in a row now
and as euro zone gloom persists, a study by market researchers
GfK showed Germans were still upbeat about their job outlook.
Germans are confident their incomes will rise and are
willing to buy more, providing much needed support for Europe's
largest economy as weakness among trading partners weighs on