2:00pm

Mon October 10, 2011
NPR Story

Despite Economic Showdown, German Unemployment Falls

Despite continued signs of an economic slowdown across much of Europe, Germany's economy continues to chug along — and add jobs. Unemployment in September fell to the lowest level since reunification. There may be angst over more bailouts, but German firms continue to hire new people. That's in sharp contrast to the country's struggling, debt-burdened eurozone friends in Greece, Spain and elsewhere. They're even hiring in Berlin, notorious for its cadre of career jobless. A mini high-tech boom is leading the way in the German capital.

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