German unemployment rose in August as slowing growth due to the eurozone debt crisis begins to make itself felt on the labour market.
In raw or unadjusted terms, unemployment rose, with the total number of people out of work up by 29,100 in August from July to stand at 2.91 million, the Federal Labour Agency said.
The unadjusted jobless rate stood at 6.8 per cent in August, unchanged from July.
Unemployment tends to rise in the summer as school leavers sign on the dole and companies close for the holidays but even adjusted for such seasonal factors, unemployment is on the rise in Europe's top economy, the data showed.
The seasonally adjusted jobless total rose by 9000 in August from July.