Germany saw the number of jobless workers rise again in September for the sixth month in a row, as strong demand within the country could not fill the gap left by a slowing global economy. Still, unemployment was near its lowest level since reunification, and the overall rate held steady at 6.8%.
Reuters reported Thursday that even as the numbers rose by 9,000, economists predicted that unemployment would continue to rise in the coming months as slowing demand in both the eurozone and the world in general will continue to take a toll on the eurozone’s top economy.
“The development is of course still very, very moderate,” said Peter Meister in the report. Meister, of BHF Bank, added, “In the next couple of months seasonally adjusted unemployment will rise somewhat more strongly than has been the case until now.”
A boost in unemployment could exact a toll on Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in next year’s election, and could contribute to mounting reluctance among Germans to contribute to eurozone bailouts for countries, like Greece, that they have criticized for their fiscal woes.