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German Jobless Unexpectedly Up in April as Crisis Flared

German unemployment unexpectedly rose in April as the debt crisis in the euro area constrained growth and hiring in Europe’s biggest economy.

The number of people out of work increased a seasonally adjusted 19,000 to 2.87 million, the Federal Labor Agency in Nuremberg said today. Economists forecast a decline of 10,000, the median of 34 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey shows. The adjusted jobless rate was unchanged at 6.8 percent, still a two-decade low, after the agency revised up figures for February and March.