Three hundred thousand new formal jobs were created in Brazil in the first half this year. From that total, nearly 200,000 openings came up in June. As a consequence, the country now has 32.2 million formal workers.
The figures were culled from the General Records Office for Employment and Unemployment (Caged) and were announced by the Brazilian minister of Labor and Employment, Carlos Lupi. "Out of the G20 member countries, Brazil is the only one that has a surplus of jobs," said the minister.
The number of admissions, in June, was 1.34 million, whereas dismissals totaled 1.2 million. June was the fifth consecutive month of growth in employment in the country, and the second best this year.
The rate of growth in June was 0.37% over May, whereas growth in the first half was 0.94% over December 2008. In the last 12 months, formal employment grew by 1.22%, as a result of the creation of 390,300 new jobs.
According to figures disclosed by the federal government, the sectors that contributed the most to the increase in job positions in June were agriculture, with 57,100 new jobs, followed by services, civil construction and trade.
The states that generated the most jobs were Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Pernambuco, Goiás and Bahia. The largest number of dismissals took place in Espírito Santo, the Federal District and Rio Grande do Sul.