Brazil's jobless rate drops to 4.9 pct in April

BRASILIA Thu May 22, 2014 8:05am EDT

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BRASILIA May 22 (Reuters) - Brazil's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate dropped unexpectedly in April to 4.9 percent, from 5.0 percent in March, government statistics agency IBGE said on Thursday.

The number was below the median forecast of 5.2 percent in a poll of 29 economists. In April 2013, Brazil's jobless rate stood at 5.8 percent. (Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing by Silvio Cascione Editing by W Simon)

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