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Mexican unemployment rises in September after floods

MEXICO CITY, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Mexican unemployment rose in

September, when massive floods hit the country, the national

statistics agency said on Friday, in a sign that the economy was

still struggling after a slowdown in the first half of the year.

Latin America's No. 2 economy is expected to grow 1.3

percent this year, down sharply from 3.8 percent in 2012,

according to a Reuters poll issued on Thursday.

Seasonally adjusted (s/a) unemployment rate data and

seasonally unadjusted data follow.

Sept Aug Sept 2012

Jobless rate s/a 4.92 4.79 4.65

Jobless rate 5.29 5.17 5.01