Amid soaring unemployment in some European countries and warnings of tough times ahead, Germany's latest job figures look good.
The rate of female workers in Germany has risen significantly over the past decade, the statistics office has said. Female employment is way above the EU average, but this applies above all to the low-wage sector.
In Germany the number of vacant jobs has surged past 1 million, the latest data show, indicating the economy is gaining strength. Rising labor demand, however, seems set to worsen the country’s skills shortage again.
The number of jobless Germans has slightly increased, inching up by about 2,000 people in February. The figure is better than usual for the month as an economic recovery supports the already robust German jobs market.
There were twice as many right-wing attacks on refugee shelters in Germany in 2013 as the year before. The German government and refugee groups in the country are alarmed by the development.
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