SWISS JOBLESS RATE 1.9 PERCENT IN DECEMBER

SWISS JOBLESS RATE 1.9 PERCENT IN DECEMBER

Switzerland's unemployment rate rose to 1.9 percent in December compared with 1.7 percent in November and 0.8 percent in December 1990, the country's Statistics Office in Bern said Tuesday.

The number of people registered as unemployed totaled 58,580 in December, compared to 51,800 in November and 25,141 in December 1990, it said.The 1991 average Swiss unemployment rate measured 1.3 percent, compared to 0.6 percent for 1990, it said.