Mexico's unemployment rate, adjusted for seasonal swings, fell to 5.23 percent in January from 5.55 percent the previous month, aided by a recovery in Latin America's second largest economy, official data showed.

The national statistics agency said on Friday the headline unadjusted rate, which is given greater prominence in Mexico, rose to 5.43 percent from 4.94 percent in December.

Mexico is recovering from recession and the economy grew the most in a decade in 2010. However, that was not enough to make up for the sharp decline of 2009 and the country's jobless rate also remains well above pre-recession levels. (Reporting by Jason Lange, Editing by W Simon )