German unemployment rose again for the eighth straight month in a row, according to German government figures out today. Nearly three million people are now without jobs, up a seasonally adjusted 5,000 new claims. German firms postponing hiring and investment decisions amid the ongoing euro zone crisis were to blame.
The German economy expanded by 0.2% in the third quarter, but some experts see growth falling off in the fourth quarter as export demand declines. The unemployment figures were generally expected.