Brazil Unemployment Rate 2001-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

Unemployment Rate in Brazil increased to 5.90 percent in February of 2015 from 5.30 percent in January of 2015. Unemployment Rate in Brazil averaged 8.42 percent from 2001 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 13.10 percent in August of 2003 and a record low of 4.30 percent in December of 2013. Unemployment Rate in Brazil is reported by the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE).

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Brazil Unemployment Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
5.90 5.30 13.10 4.30 2001 - 2015 percent Monthly
In Brazil, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force in six Metropolitan Areas: Recife, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre. This page provides - Brazil Unemployment Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - Brazil Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Saturday, April 18, 2015.


Brazil Unemployment Rate Highest Since June 2013


Jobless rate in Brazil increased to 5.9 percent in February of 2015 from 5.3 percent in the previous month as the number of unemployed surged 10.2 percent and the number of employed decreased.

Unemployment increased by 10.2 percent (+ 131 thousand) to 1.4 million in February over the previous month. In the same period, the number of employed persons decreased by 1 percent (- 220 thousand) to 22.8 million. 

The number of people either working or looking for work increased slightly to 24.292 million from 24.27 million in the previous month.

Among cities, unemployment rose in Salvador (10.8 percent from 9.6 percent in January 2015), Belo Horizonte (4.9 percent from 4.1 percent), Porto Alegre (4.7 percent from 3.8 percent) and in Rio de Janeiro (4.2 percent from 3.6 percent). There were no significant changes in São Paulo or Recife.

IBGE | Carolina Cunha | carolijna.cunha@tradingeconomics.com
3/26/2015 1:21:43 PM


Recent Releases

Brazil Unemployment Rate at 1-1/2-Year High
Brazilian jobless rate increased to 5.3 percent in January of 2015 from 4.3 percent in the previous month. It is the highest figure since September of 2013 as employment fell for the second straight month while unemployment increased. Published on 2015-02-26

Brazil Unemployment Rate Falls to 12-Month Low
Brazilian jobless rate decreased to 4.3 percent in December of 2014 from 4.8 percent in the previous month, below market expectations. Yet, employment decreased 0.7 percent and 300 thousand persons were detached from the labour force. Published on 2015-01-29


Calendar GMT Event Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-01-29 11:00 AM
Unemployment Rate  Dec
4.3% 4.8% 4.5% 4.9%
2015-02-26 12:25 PM
Unemployment Rate  Jan
5.3% 4.3% 5% 4.8%
2015-03-26 12:00 PM
Unemployment Rate  Feb
5.9% 5.3% 5.7% 5.5%
2015-04-28 01:30 PM
Unemployment Rate  Mar
5.9% 5.6%
2015-05-21 01:00 PM
Unemployment Rate  Apr
5.6%
2015-06-25 01:00 PM
Unemployment Rate  May
5.5%


Brazil Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 5.90 5.30 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Employed Persons 22.77 23.00 23.46 14.36 Million [+]
Unemployed Persons 1.41 1.28 2.82 1.05 Million [+]
Wages 2191.39 2705.63 2705.63 1476.83 BRL/Month [+]
Labour Costs 136.24 144.70 181.87 39.60 Index Points [+]
Population 202.77 201.03 202.77 72.74 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 60.00 60.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Employment Change -0.87 -0.47 5.99 -0.87 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 788.00 788.00 790.00 0.00 BRL [+]
Productivity 136.24 144.70 181.87 39.60 Index Points [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 115.50 115.00 117.30 98.70 Index Points [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.10 Mar/15 6.20 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 5.90 Feb/15 5.30 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Mar/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Nov/14 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Feb/15 11.40 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.80 Feb/15 4.80 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.94 Aug/14 5.70 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.70 Feb/15 12.60 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.50 Feb/15 3.60 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.33 Feb/15 4.51 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.00 Mar/15 7.10 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.90 Mar/15 5.80 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Mar/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.70 Nov/14 23.67 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.40 Mar/15 3.50 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.30 Jan/15 10.90 16.10 8.00 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 Feb/15 5.70 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.50 Mar/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]