Employment in Germany hits highest level since reunification

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German retail sales also received a boost in May (Source: Getty)

Employment in Germany has reached its highest level since reunification, with 44.1m in work, according to the country's statistics office.

Compared to the same month last year, an extra 651,000 people were employed in Germany in May, a rise of 1.5 per cent. Month-on-month, employment rose by 0.3 per cent, with an additional 125,000 residents entering work.

The statistics office said 1.57m people in Germany were unemployed in May, down by 210,000 as compared to April, a drop of 11.8 per cent.

And it seems German workers were eager to spend their wages on the high street. German retail sales were booming in May, rising by 4.8 per cent year-on-year, the statistics office reported. On the month, retail sales grew 0.5 per cent.

Aside from making economic progress today, Germany also pushed through reforms on gay rights. The German parliament today voted to legalise gay marriage, although German chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the move.

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Angela Merkel casts her vote on same sex marriage in the German parliament (Source: Getty)

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