Brazil Unemployment Rate  2001-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The unemployment rate in Brazil increased to 6.9 percent in December of 2015 compared to 4.3 percent reported in the same month a year ago and below market expectations. Still, it is the lowest jobless rate in 6 months due to seasonal factors as the rate always declines in the last month of the year. Unemployment Rate in Brazil averaged 8.35 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).

Brazil Unemployment Rate
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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
6.90 7.50 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 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 February of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-11-19 11:00 AM Oct 7.9% 7.6% 7.6% 7.8%
2015-12-17 11:00 AM Nov 7.5% 7.9% 8% 7.9%
2016-01-28 11:00 AM Dec 6.9% 7.5% 7.4% 7.5%
2016-02-26 12:25 PM Jan 6.8%
2016-03-25 12:00 PM Feb 6.9%
2016-04-28 12:30 PM Mar 7.1%

Brazil Jobless Rate For December Month Highest Since 2007


The unemployment rate in Brazil increased to 6.9 percent in December of 2015 compared to 4.3 percent reported in the same month a year ago and below market expectations. Still, it is the lowest jobless rate in 6 months due to seasonal factors as the rate always declines in the last month of the year.

Considering full 2015, the average unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, higher than 4.8 percent in 2014. The number of unemployed persons increased 42.5 percent from 2014 to 1.7 million, the biggest increase on record. 

Employment fell 1.6 percent to 23.3 million in 2015 and youth employment rate decreased to 53.8 percent from 57.3 percent in the previous year. Average real monthly wages contracted 3.7 percent to BRL 2265.09, the first drop since 2005. Among regions, the biggest salary losses occurred in Belo Horizonte (-4.6 percent), Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (-4 percent each). 


IBGE | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
1/28/2016 12:32:45 PM

Brazil Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 6.90 7.50 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Employed Persons 23.21 22.53 23.46 14.36 Million [+]
Unemployed Persons 1.73 1.83 2.82 1.05 Million [+]
Labor Force Participation Rate 55.20 55.50 58.20 54.70 percent [+]
Labour Costs 98.47 104.55 181.87 39.60 Index Points [+]
Wages 2492.95 2200.78 2705.63 1476.83 BRL/Month [+]
Minimum Wages 880.00 788.00 880.00 64.79 BRL/Month [+]
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 [+]
Non Farm Payrolls -596.20 -115.59 309.44 -654.94 Thousand [+]
Productivity 98.47 104.55 181.87 39.60 Index Points [+]
Wages High Skilled 3250.00 3200.00 3250.00 3140.00 BRL/Month [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 114.90 114.40 117.30 98.70 Index Points [+]
Wages Low Skilled 980.00 950.00 980.00 900.00 BRL/Month [+]
Employment Change -2.69 -3.67 5.99 -3.67 percent [+]
Employment Rate 51.30 51.30 55.30 47.90 percent [+]




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