The number of people out of work in Germany unexpectedly rose by 25,000 in September to just under three million.
Analysts had pencilled in a fall of 5,000, following a rise of 9,000 in August.
The Federal Labour Office said there had been a cut in the number of government job schemes.
Meanwhile, new figures showed unemployment across the eurozone dropping slightly in August to a rate of 12%.
The rise in German joblessness pushed the unemployment rate in Europe’s biggest economy from 6.8% to 6.9%.
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