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The number of employed in Germany rose by 20,000 in January in seasonally adjusted terms, the Federal Statistical Office reported on Thursday.
The rise brings the number of employed to 40.111 million, as measured in International Labour Organisation (ILO) terms.
January marks the second month of seasonally adjusted employment gains after nine months of decline.
Without taking seasonality into account, the number of jobless came to 39.755 million, reflecting a decrease of 543,000 compared to December. This decline is in line with the typical seasonal drop of employment over the winter break, the Statistical Office said.
On the year, the number of employed was down 0.4% or 154,000.
The most recent employment forecasts by the Federal Labour Agency's research Institute IAB see unemployment reaching 4.1 million this year but officials have since indicated that forecasts will be slashed again.
Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen earlier this month forecast an average of 3.7 million unemployed this year, up from 3.4 million in 2009.
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