Brazil jobless rate rises to 5.4 pct in January

SAO PAULO Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:02am EST

SAO PAULO Feb 26 (Reuters) - Brazil's jobless rate rose in January to 5.4 percent from a record low of 4.6 percent in December, government statistics agency IBGE said on Tuesday.

The number was slightly above the median forecast of 5.3 percent in a Reuters survey of 27 economists. The estimates ranged from 4.9 percent to 5.5 percent.

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