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Sharp Jump in Number of Unemployed in October

November 7, 1996

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) _ German unemployment unexpectedly surged by 41,000 last month in a further sign that the country’s economic recovery remains unstable, the Federal Labor Office said Thursday.

Economists had been expecting the seasonally adjusted jobless number to increase by less than 10,000. The government also revised its September figure by adding 3,000 to the original report of 39,000 jobless.

``The situation in the jobs market remains precarious,″ said Labor Office Vice President Klaus Leven. ``The economic recovery that has occurred so far isn’t strong or stable enough to improve the situation in the jobs market.″

The Labor Office did not give any specific reason for the sharp jump in unemployed, but indicated a declining level of government support for job-creation programs was partly to blame.

``The more the government cuts back in actively creating jobs, the worse the effects on the job market will be,″ Leven said in Bonn.

Unemployment remained high in eastern Germany _ 14.7 percent in October compared with 9 percent in the west.

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