* Adjusted jobless rate 5.01 pct, above 4.91 pct in poll
* Headline unadjusted rate 4.51
MEXICO CITY, April 19 Mexico's seasonally
adjusted jobless rate ticked up in March, fanning concerns of
sluggish growth in Latin America's No. 2 economy.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate
notched 5.01 percent last month, the national statistics agency
said on Friday, above expectations for a 4.91 percent rate in a
March's rate was also above a downwardly revised 4.74
percent unemployment rate for February.
Unemployment has fallen back from rates near 6 percent seen
during a deep recession in 2009 but has not reached pre-crisis
rates below 4 percent.
Stable demand for Mexican goods in the United States has
sheltered the Mexican economy from the worst of the recent
global slowdown but growth has started to ease.
Mexico has forecast growth of 3.5 percent this year, down
from 3.9 percent in 2012.
The central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to an
all-time low of 4 percent in early March in what was seen as a
bid to tamp down the appeal of the currency and boost flagging
The headline unadjusted unemployment rate was
4.51 percent in March, below the 4.7 percent expected in the
poll and down from the 4.85 percent notched the month prior.