By Maria Martinez
German jobless claims declined in March, after an unexpected increase in February following seven months of consecutive declines.
Jobless claims fell by 8,000 after rising by 9,000 in February, the Federal Employment Agency said Wednesday. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal had forecast a decline of 5,000.
The adjusted unemployment rate was at 6.0% in March, unchanged from February. Economists polled by the Journal forecast March's adjusted jobless rate at 6.0%.
The number of registered job vacancies stood at 609,000 in March, down 82,000 on year, the agency said.
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