BUSINESS ABROAD: The Body Snatchers

In West Germany only 187,199 Germans were looking for jobs last week, and 350,393 jobs were looking for workers. Said an official: "Three percent looking for work is considered full employment. We have .9%."

The tightest labor supply in booming Germany's history has employers at each other's throats not for customers but for workers—and there is no worry about the expansion in population that preoccupies many of the world's sociologists. One South German auto manufacturer, after hiring every idle man in 30 miles not confined to a wheelchair, sent a recruiting team...

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