* Southern hemisphere summer boosts jobs
* Jobs in farming, hotels, restaurants increase
* World No.1 copper producer's economy growing briskly
By Anthony Esposito
SANTIAGO, Feb 28 Chile's jobless rate for
November to January inched down to 6.0 percent, hitting a
six-year low due to increased employment in farming, hotels and
restaurants during the southern hemisphere summer, the
government's statistics agency said on Thursday.
The unemployment rate was forecast to have
remained at 6.1 percent, according to the median response of 11
analysts and economists polled by Reuters.
The rate for November 2011 to January 2012 was 6.6 percent.
The last time the jobless rate fell to 6.0 percent was in
The data reaffirms Chile's brisk economic performance,
buoyed by booming domestic demand and firm investment.
The country's central bank has kept its key interest rate
on hold since a surprise cut in January 2012 as it
weighs this strong local performance against global economic
Also on Thursday, the government announced manufacturing
production grew 4.3 percent in January from a year
ago chiefly due to growth in the food industry, beating a
Chile's small, open economy has generally fared better than
expected despite easing commodities demand from top trade
partner China and fallout from the euro zone's debt crisis.