Argentina 4th-qtr jobless rate inches up to 6.9 pct

BUENOS AIRES Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:02pm EST

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BUENOS AIRES Feb 19 (Reuters) - Argentina's unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter compared with 6.7 percent in the same period of 2011, the national statistics institute said on Tuesday.

President Cristina Fernandez announced the jobless figure last month, touting the fact that unemployment remained near a record low despite a sharp economic slowdown in 2012.

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