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CORRECTED-Chile jobless rate at 7.0% from August to October

Aislinn Laing

(Changes period of measure, reflects no change from previous) SANTIAGO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Chile's jobless rate for the August to October period remained steady at 7.0%, the government said on Monday. The jobless rate was 7.0% in July - August and 7.2% for several months previously. Chile's finance minister predicted last week that as many as 300,000 jobs could be lost because of the impact of rioting that started on Oct. 18 in one of Latin America's strongest economies. Ignacio Briones told a legislative committee it was highly likely unemployment would jump 3% in the coming months. More than 40 days of protests started over a hike in public transport fares but have broadened to encompass grievances over low wages, the high cost of living and social inequality. At least 26 people have died, more than 13,000 civilians and police have been and 25,000 have been detained.

August-Oct July August-October 2019 -September ober 2018

2019

Rate (pct) 7.0 7.2 7.1

(Reporting by Aislinn Laing; Editing by Alison Williams)