Eastern Germans got more bad economic news Thursday with the release of a government report showing that unemployment in the new states continues to climb while it has declined in the prosperous west.

Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced he would cut short his Easter vacation to visit the east, which has been hit by unrest prompted by the region's rising unemployment and declining economy since its unification with the west last year.The latest employment figures, released Thursday by the Federal Labor Office, showed unemployment in the five states of former East Germany climbed to more than 9 percent of the work force from February to March. In former West Germany, by contrast, unemployment dropped half a percentage point.