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Unemployment in Chile Drops to 5.7%

Unemployment in Chile Drops to 5.7%

In Santiago, the figure remains at 5.3%. All the major press in Chile, such as El Mercurio, reported the latest figures for each region of Chile. In the 10th Region (Puerto Montt, Orsorno) the unemployment rate is an incredibly low 2.8%, while further south in the 11th and 12th regions (Coyhaique, Punta Arenas), the figures are not too shabby either: 4.2% and 4.8% respectively. La Serena’s region (4th) had the highest rate (7.4%), followed by Temuco (9th Region, 7.3%) and Concepción (8th Region, 7.0%). The northern most regions of Chile, mining territory, ranged from 5.2% to 5.9%. The rest of the mid-section ranged from 5.4% (Rancagua, 6th Region) to 6.7% (Valparaíso, 5th Region). Overall, Chile is doing very well economically-speaking.

Your place of refuge in Chile is in Freedom Orchard, located near Curacaví, which has some of the lowest unemployment in Chile.

Be sure to tune in to Dr. Cobin’s radio program: “Red Hot Chile” at noon (ET) on Fridays on the Overseas Radio Network (ORN). You can login at You can also join the thousands of other people who download the shows each month via the link provided on the ORN website.

     Dr. Cobin’s book, Life in Chile: A Former American’s Guide for Newcomers, is the most comprehensive treatise on Chilean life ever written, designed to help newcomers get settled in Chile. He covers almost ever topic imaginable for immigrants. This knowledge is applied in his valet consulting service (see, where he guides expatriates through the process of finding a place to live and settle in Chile, helping them glide over the speed bumps that they would otherwise face in getting their visas, setting up businesses, buying real estate, investing in Chilean stocks or gold coins, etc. The cost is $49. If you have problems getting the book through the site, since the ORN Store is sometimes closed for maintenance, please use the PayPal info noted below.
     Dr. Cobin’s sequel book, Expatriates to Chile: Topics for Living, adds even further depth on important topics to expatriates who either live in Chile already or who have Chile on the short list of countries where they hope to immigrate. The book deals with crucial issues pertaining to urban and rural real estate transactions, natural disasters, issues pertaining to emigration and its urgency, money and the quality of life, medical care and insurance, business opportunities, social manifestations (including welfare state and divorce policy concerns), Chile in the freedom indices, social maladies (lying, cheating, stealing and murder), as well as discussion of a few places worth visiting and some further comments about Santiago. Note: If the link to buy the book at the site does not appear, since the ORN Store is sometimes closed for maintenance, just send US$39 by PayPal to and send an email or PayPal notice that you have completed your order. A download link will be sent to you directly. 
    The website also has Dr. Cobin’s abridged book (56 pages): Chile: A Primer for Expats ($19), or the little book can also be obtained directly by following the aforementioned PayPal steps.

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