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Surge in number of German retirees who work

BERLIN (AP) — Welfare groups say shrinking pensions are forcing older Germans to keep working even after they have reached retirement age.

Figures released by the government Tuesday show that 762,000 retirees hold so-called 'mini-jobs' in the country of 82 million. That represents a 60 percent increase since 2000.

The term 'mini-jobs' is typically used to describe low-skilled menial work like stacking store shelves and cleaning.

The president of welfare group VdK, Ulrike Mascher, says the figures are evidence of increasing poverty among older Germans.

The opposition Left Party, which requested the figures, says the income of many retired women is frequently lower than the official minimum deemed necessary to live.

Germany, which has Europe's biggest economy, is gradually raising the retirement age from 65 to 67.

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