Meanwhile inflation fell to its lowest rate in nearly five years in November.
Official figures showed inflation dropped to 0.5% in November from 0.7% in October.
Strong labour market
The fall in the number of unemployed was larger than analysts’ expectations, down 14,000 to 2.872 million, the Federal Labour Office said.
The figures are in marked contrast to many other economies in the eurozone.
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