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

Unemployment Rate in Brazil increased to 6.40 percent in April of 2015 from 6.20 percent in March of 2015. Unemployment Rate in Brazil averaged 8.40 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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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.40 6.20 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, May 23, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-03-26 12:00 PM Feb 5.9% 5.3% 5.7% 5.5%
2015-04-28 01:30 PM Mar 6.2% 5.9% 6.1% 5.9%
2015-05-21 01:00 PM Apr 6.4% 6.2% 6.3% 6.3%
2015-06-25 01:00 PM May 6.4% 6.5%
2015-07-23 01:00 PM Jun 6.3%
2015-08-20 01:00 PM Jul 5.3%


Brazil Unemployment Rate Up to 4-Year High


Brazilian jobless rate increased for the fourth month in a row to 6.4 percent in April from 6.2 percent in March. It is the highest rate since May of 2011 when it was recorded at 6.4 percent as unemployment rose more than employment.

The number of unemployed persons in six of Brazil’s major metropolitan areas increased to 1.557 thousand from 1.494 million in March, the highest figure since August of 2010 when there were 1.6 million unemployed. Meanwhile, employment increased by 45,000 to 22.769 million. Out of those who have a job, 12.2 percent is being paid the minimum wage while 1.6 percent said could work more hours.

The economically active population increased slightly to 24.327 million from 24.221 million in the previous month. Yet, there were 19.266 million people detached from the labour force in March, 104 thousand less than in March.

Among regions, Salvador recorded the highest jobless rate (11.3 percent) and Porto Alegre the lowest one (5.0 percent). In Rio de Janeiro, the unemployment increased by 0.4 percent to 5.2 percent while in São Paulo it went up to 6.3 percent from 6 percent in March. 

A year earlier, Brazil’s unemployment was recorded at 4.9 percent.

IBGE | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/21/2015 1:58:27 PM


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Brazilian jobless rate increased for the third straight month to 6.2 percent in March of 2015 from 5.9 percent in the previous month. It is the highest rate since March of 2012. Published on 2015-04-28

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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. Published on 2015-03-26


Brazil Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.40 6.20 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Employed Persons 22.76 22.72 23.46 14.36 Million [+]
Unemployed Persons 1.55 1.49 2.82 1.05 Million [+]
Wages 2168.32 2225.38 2705.63 1476.83 BRL/Month [+]
Labour Costs 128.94 140.24 181.87 39.60 Index Points [+]
Population 202.77 201.03 202.77 72.74 Million [+]
Retirement Age Women 60.00 60.00 60.00 60.00 [+]
Retirement Age Men 65.00 65.00 65.00 65.00 [+]
Employment Change -0.86 -0.87 5.99 -0.87 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 788.00 788.00 790.00 0.00 BRL/Month [+]
Productivity 128.94 140.24 181.87 39.60 Index Points [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 115.30 116.20 117.30 98.70 Index Points [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.20 Apr/15 6.10 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 6.40 Apr/15 6.20 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 6.80 Apr/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.10 Feb/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 11.30 Mar/15 11.30 12.00 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.40 Nov/14 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Mar/15 4.70 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 13.00 Mar/15 12.70 13.20 5.90 percent [+]
Japan 3.40 Mar/15 3.50 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.86 Mar/15 4.33 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 7.00 Apr/15 7.00 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.80 Apr/15 5.90 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Apr/15 3.70 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 23.78 Feb/15 23.70 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.30 Apr/15 3.40 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 11.20 Feb/15 11.30 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.50 Mar/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.40 Apr/15 5.50 10.80 2.50 percent [+]