German unemployment drops to 6.2 percent in June as labor market remains robust

Economic Indicators Associated Press

German unemployment dropped again in June as the labor market in Europe's largest economy remained robust.

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The Federal Labor Agency said Tuesday that the unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in June from 6.3 percent in May. Some 2.71 million Germans were registered as unemployed in the month, a drop of 50,500 over May.

When adjusted for seasonal variations, the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.4 percent — the same level it has been at since March.

The agency reported that unemployment remained much higher in the former East German states, at 8.8 percent compared to 5.6 percent for the former West German states.

Unemployment was lowest in the southern state of Bavaria at 3.4 percent, and highest in the city-state of Bremen at 10.9 percent.