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Thu 31 Jan, 17:39PM GMT
 German unemployment goes past three million  
 Jobseekers receive information at counters at the Federal Office of Employment in Nuremberg.  
 MUNICH, The number of unemployed people in Germany surpassed three million in January, with the jobless rate reaching 7.4 percent, according to a report published Thursday by the Federal Employment Agency.  

A total of 3.318 million people were registered as unemployed, 54,000 more than the same time last year.

Frank-Juergen Weise, chief of the agency, told local media he believed average unemployment throughout 2013 would remain below three million.

Some experts said the winter may have forced some construction sites to stop work leading to more unemployment. Open-air services such as beer gardens were also suspended, creating fewer job opportunities.

 German unemployment goes past three million  
 German, unemployment, goes, past, three million  
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