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

The jobless rate in Brazil increased for the seventh straight month to 7.5 percent in July of 2015 from 6.9 percent in June, well above market expectations and reaching the highest value since May of 2010. Unemployment Rate in Brazil averaged 8.37 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
7.50 6.90 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. Content for - Brazil Unemployment Rate - was last refreshed on Friday, September 4, 2015.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-06-25 01:00 PM May 6.7% 6.4% 6.6% 6.5%
2015-07-23 01:00 PM Jun 6.9% 6.7% 6.9% 6.8%
2015-08-20 01:00 PM Jul 7.5% 6.9% 7.05% 6.9%
2015-09-24 01:00 PM Aug 7.5% 7.0%
2015-10-22 12:00 PM Sep 7.2%
2015-11-19 11:00 AM Oct 7.2%


Brazil Unemployment Rate at 5-Year High


The jobless rate in Brazil increased for the seventh straight month to 7.5 percent in July of 2015 from 6.9 percent in June, well above market expectations. It is the highest value since May of 2010 and the biggest for a July month since 2009.

The number of unemployed persons in six of Brazil’s major metropolitan areas increased to 1.844 million from 1.686 million in June. Meanwhile, employment fell by 6,000 to 22.755 million. Out of those who have a job, 11.7 percent is being paid the minimum wage while 2.1 percent said could work more hours (2.1 percent in June).

The economically active population increased to 24.600 million from 24.447 million in the previous month. Yet, there were 19.280 million people detached from the labour force in July, 22,000 less than in June.

Average real wages rose 0.3 percent to BRL 2223.87 compared with June and dropped 2.4 percent over a year earlier. 

In July of 2014, Brazil’s unemployment was recorded at 4.9 percent.

Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
8/20/2015 1:20:22 PM


Recent Releases

Brazil Unemployment Rate Keeps Rising
The jobless rate in Brazil increased for the sixth consecutive month to 6.9 percent in June of 2015 from 6.7 percent in May, matching market expectations and reaching the highest value since July of 2010.
Published on 2015-07-23

Brazil Unemployment Rate at Nearly 5-Year High
The jobless rate in Brazil increased for the fifth straight month to 6.70 percent in May of 2015 from 6.40 percent in April, above market forecasts. It is the highest rate since August of 2010.
Published on 2015-06-25

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.
Published on 2015-05-21

Brazil Unemployment Rate at 3-Year High
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


Brazil Labour Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Unemployment Rate 7.50 6.90 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Employed Persons 22.76 22.76 23.46 14.36 Million [+]
Unemployed Persons 1.84 1.69 2.82 1.05 Million [+]
Wages 2184.18 2164.51 2705.63 1476.83 BRL/Month [+]
Labour Costs 114.34 130.48 181.87 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 -0.90 -1.30 5.99 -1.30 percent [+]
Minimum Wages 788.00 788.00 788.00 0.00 BRL/Month [+]
Non Farm Payrolls -157.90 -115.59 309.44 -654.94 Thousand [+]
Productivity 114.34 130.48 181.87 39.60 Index Points [+]
Wages In Manufacturing 115.40 114.30 117.30 98.70 Index Points [+]


Unemployment Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 6.30 Jul/15 6.00 10.90 4.00 percent [+]
Brazil 7.50 Jul/15 6.90 13.10 4.30 percent [+]
Canada 7.00 Aug/15 6.80 13.10 2.90 percent [+]
China 4.04 Jun/15 4.10 4.30 3.90 percent [+]
Euro Area 10.90 Jul/15 11.10 12.10 7.20 percent [+]
France 10.30 Jun/15 10.30 10.80 7.20 percent [+]
Germany 4.70 Jul/15 4.70 14.20 0.40 percent [+]
India 4.90 Dec/13 5.20 9.40 4.90 percent [+]
Indonesia 5.81 Mar/15 5.94 11.24 2.00 percent [+]
Italy 12.00 Jul/15 12.50 13.00 5.80 percent [+]
Japan 3.30 Jul/15 3.40 5.60 1.00 percent [+]
Mexico 4.72 Jul/15 4.41 5.93 2.22 percent [+]
Netherlands 6.80 Jul/15 6.90 7.90 3.60 percent [+]
Russia 5.30 Jul/15 5.40 14.10 4.80 percent [+]
South Korea 3.70 Jul/15 3.90 7.10 2.90 percent [+]
Spain 22.37 Jun/15 23.78 26.94 4.41 percent [+]
Switzerland 3.10 Jul/15 3.10 5.40 1.60 percent [+]
Turkey 9.30 May/15 9.60 14.80 7.30 percent [+]
United Kingdom 5.60 Jun/15 5.60 12.00 3.40 percent [+]
United States 5.10 Aug/15 5.30 10.80 2.50 percent [+]