1030 GMT January 19, 2020
The Federal Labor Office said the seasonally adjusted jobless total fell by 11,000 to 2.292 million, slightly below the predicted drop of 12,000, Reuters reported.
The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1 percent, the lowest since German reunification in 1990.
“Thanks to the continuing boom, the labor market is still in good shape...,” a KfW — a German government-owned development bank — economist, Joerg Zeuner said.
“In some sectors, however, shortages of skilled workers and young recruits are hampering the expansion of production. The care sector and the building trade are particularly affected.”
In a politically risky push to fill a record number of job vacancies and stabilize the public pension system, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition parties earlier this month agreed on a new immigration law to attract more skilled workers from countries outside the European Union.
In a further positive sign, seasonally adjusted employment as measured by the International Labor Organization climbed by 557,000 on the year to a record of 45.0 million in September, separate Federal Statistics Office data showed.
Household spending has become an important growth driver in Germany as record-high employment, increased job security, above-inflation pay hikes and low borrowing costs all help open shoppers’ wallets.
A survey last week showed that German shoppers look keen to spend in November, but their expectations for the economy and their own personal income have slipped on worries about international trade conflicts and Brexit.