Number of German Jobless Rises Over 4 Million in December

The number of Germans out of work rose over the politically important 4 million mark in December, with 12,000 more unemployed than in the previous month, government figures showed Wednesday.

Still, the overall unadjusted jobless rate for the last month of 2006 remained unchanged at 9.6% compared with November.

A total 4.008 million Germans were out of work in December, up from 3.995 million in the previous month, the government's Federal Labor Agency said.

November was the first time the number of jobless dipped below 4 million since October 2002.