Economy October 23, 2018 | 3:09 pm

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Rise in oil prices dampens 6.9% growth to Sept.

Santo Domingo.- Central banker Hector Valdez Albizu on Tues. said the Dominican economy grew 6.9% from Jan. to Sept., “reflecting its momentum.”

In his speech to mark the Bank’s 71st anniversary, the official said just in September the Monthly Economic Activity Index climbed 8.6%; Free zones 12%; construction 10.9% and retail 8.9%.

Valdez said the latest labor data show that some 30,000 jobs were created in the last 12 months, driving unemployment down to 5.5% in the July-September quarter.

He said however that if rising oil prices are taken into account it would lead to a current account deficit of -1% at year end. “This would be caused by the increase of 38.1% of the oil bill in a year, since it was already at US$778.5 million between January and September.”

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