Brazil Unemployment Rate  2012-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The jobless rate in Brazil rose to a new record high of 13.2 percent in the quarter ended February 2017 from 11.9 percent in the three months to November 2016 and in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed jumped by 11.7 percent to 13.55 million people while employment fell by 1 percent to 89.35 million, bringing the employment rate to a record low of 53.4 percent. Unemployment Rate in Brazil averaged 8.36 percent from 2012 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 13.20 percent in February of 2017 and a record low of 6.20 percent in December of 2013.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-01-31 11:00 AM Dec 12% 11.9% 12% 12%
2017-02-24 12:00 PM Jan 12.6% 12% 12.4% 12.1%
2017-03-31 12:00 PM Feb 13.2% 12.6% 13.2% 12.7%
2017-04-28 12:00 PM Mar 13.2% 13.7% 13.4%
2017-05-31 12:00 PM Apr 13.5%
2017-06-30 12:00 PM May 13.6%




Brazil Unemployment Rate Rises To Fresh Record High


The jobless rate in Brazil rose to a new record high of 13.2 percent in the quarter ended February 2017 from 11.9 percent in the three months to November 2016 and in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed jumped by 11.7 percent to 13.55 million people while employment fell by 1 percent to 89.35 million, bringing the employment rate to a record low of 53.4 percent.

Compared with the September-November 2016 period, the number of unemployed persons jumped 11.7 percent, or by 1,415 thousand, to 13.55 million, reaching the highest level on record. Employment fell by 1 percent to 89.35 million, with job losses in public administration, defense, social security, education, human health and social services (-4.4 percent, or -702 thousand) and industry (-2 percent, or -225 thousand). By contrast, there were increases in housing and food (3.5 percent, or 169 thousand) and information, communication and financial activities, real estate, professional and administrative (2.2 percent, or 215 thousand).

People attached to the labour force, that is, either employed or unemployed but actively seeking for job rose by 0.5 percent or by 550 thousand to 102.89 million. Those detached from the labour force were steady at 64.6 million. The labour force participation rate went up to 61.4 percent from 61.3 percent.

Compared with the same period a year earlier, the number of unemployed people surged 30.6 percent while employment dropped 2 percent.

The average real income (BRL 2,068) in the quarter ended February 2017 remained stable compared to the previous quarter (BRL 2,049) and also in relation to the same quarter of 2016 (BRL 2,037).

IBGE | Joana Ferreira | joana.ferreira@tradingeconomics.com
3/31/2017 1:01:48 PM



Brazil Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 13.20 12.60 13.20 6.20 percent [+]
Employed Persons 89.35 89.85 92.88 88.04 Million [+]
Unemployed Persons 13.55 12.92 13.55 6.05 Million [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 61.40 61.40 61.70 60.90 percent [+]
Labour Costs 140.21 135.22 181.87 39.60 Index Points [+]
Wages 2068.00 2064.00 2121.00 1999.00 BRL/Month [+]
Minimum Wages 937.00 937.00 937.00 64.79 BRL/Month [+]
Population 206.08 204.45 206.08 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 [+]
Wages High Skilled 4100.00 3850.00 4100.00 3140.00 BRL/Month [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 2038.00 2023.00 2147.00 1992.00 BRL/Month [+]
Wages Low Skilled 1200.00 1130.00 1200.00 900.00 BRL/Month [+]
Living Wage Family 2187.00 2233.60 2318.90 2187.00 BRL/Month [+]
Living Wage Individual 1608.90 1648.30 1726.50 1608.90 BRL/Month [+]
Productivity 140.21 135.22 181.87 39.60 Index Points [+]
Non Farm Payrolls 35.60 -40.86 309.44 -654.94 Thousand [+]
Employment Change -3.60 -2.72 5.99 -3.62 percent [+]
Employment Rate 53.40 53.70 57.30 53.40 percent [+]


Brazil Unemployment Rate Notes

In Brazil, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Brazil Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Brazil Unemployment Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on April of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
13.20 12.60 13.20 6.20 2012 - 2017 percent Monthly
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