UPDATE 1-JPMorgan to raise pay, hire staff in $20 bln investment push

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Jan 23 (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co unveiled a $20 billion investment plan on Tuesday that will increase wages, hire more and open new branches, following sweeping changes to the U.S. tax law.

The bank joined several other U.S. corporations that have already announced investment plans as the new tax law is expected to kick-start economic growth in part by offering new incentives for capital investment.

"Having a healthy, strong company allows us to make these long-term, sustainable investments," JPMorgan Chief Executive Jamie Dimon said in a statement.

"We are excited about further investing in our outstanding workforce and expanding into new U.S. markets."

The largest U.S. bank by assets said it would increase wages for 22,000 employees by an average of 10 percent, ranging from between $15 and $18 per hour, hire 4,000 employees and open up to 400 Chase branches in new cities. http://reut.rs/2n4C0xj

Later this month, eligible employees will receive an annual award of $750, which was communicated in December 2017.

JPMorgan will also increase small business lending by $4 billion and increase loans to customers seeking affordable homes by 25 percent to $50 billion.

Analysts expect JPMorgan to save about $4 billion a year on taxes because of the new federal tax law.

JPMorgan's shares were nearly flat at $114.15 in premarket trading. (Reporting By Aparajita Saxena and Sweta Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)