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Mauritius 2017 unemployment falls to lowest since 2008
PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - The unemployment rate in Mauritius fell to 7.1 percent last year from 7.3 percent in 2016, its lowest level since 2008, official data showed on Thursday.
Statistics Mauritius said the number of unemployed fell by 600 from 42,400 to 41,800. It said unemployment was now at its lowest since 2008 when the rate was at 7.2 percent.
The island's workforce was estimated at 586,900, out of a population of 1.3 million, in 2017.
(Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; Editing by Jon Boyle)
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