German jobless rate slips to 5.1 percent in March

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Germany's unemployment rate has slipped to 5.1 percent, with the labor market benefiting from a traditional springtime rebound despite a less rosy outlook for Europe's biggest economy.

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The Federal Labor Agency said Friday that the unadjusted jobless rate was down from 5.3 percent in February. In all, 2.301 million people were registered as unemployed — 72,000 fewer than the previous month and 157,000 less than a year earlier.

The agency said the post-winter rebound was stronger than usual and the labor market was "robust" in the face of weak recent economic data and a string of lower economic forecasts.

In seasonally adjusted terms, the unemployment rate slipped to 4.9 percent after four consecutive months at 5 percent.