In all, 2.227 million people were registered as unemployed. That was 47,000 more than the previous month and 18,000 more than a year earlier. The seasonally adjusted rate remained at 5%, where it has stood for months.
The economy narrowly avoided a widely anticipated recession in the third quarter. It grew 0.1% in the July-September period compared with the previous quarter, when it contracted by 0.2%. Strong domestic spending helped spark the modest growth.
Germany's central bank has said that output likely remained flat in the fourth quarter.