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Germany's Painful Solution To High Unemployment

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Germany's Painful Solution To High Unemployment

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Germany's Painful Solution To High Unemployment

Germany's Painful Solution To High Unemployment

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The unemployment rate is disastrously high in the U.S. and much of Europe. But the rate in Germany is just 6 percent — and it's declining.

We spent a week in Germany learning their secret recipe. On today's show, we hear the how country transformed its labor market a few years back — and how it still has the scars to prove it.

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