Brazil’s Jobless Rate Still High: 10.8%

Unemployment rate reached 10.8% in March, in the six largest metropolitan areas of Brazil. It has been high for three consecutive months.

According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), there was no significant variation when compared to February, when the rate was 10.6%. When compared to March 2004 (12.8%), however, unemployment dropped 2 percentage points.


Research shows that the number of unoccupied people increased from 2.313 million in February, to 2.375 million in March. When compared to March 2004, there was a reduction of 13.9%, which represents 384 thousand people. Women are still majority among unemployed population. In March 2002 they were 52.3%, and now they are 56.9% of this group.


19.6% of unemployed people were looking for their first jobs. 27.6% were heads of the family. The survey also indicates that the education level among unemployed population has been steadily increasing: in March 2003, 40.2% had completed at least the middle school, this percentage reached 43.3% in March 2004, and now went up to 46.5%.


When compared to February, unemployment rate remained stable on the six researched areas. Although, when compared to March 2004, there were reductions in Belo Horizonte (-11.2%), Rio de Janeiro (-14,9%), São Paulo (-19,5%), and Porto Alegre (-17,6%). Recife was the only one to have an increase in unemployment rate (15.3%). Salvador was the only researched area to present stability.


Agência Brasil

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

LatAm Countries Gather in Brazil to Discuss Plight of 19 Million Jobless

Around 19 million workers are unemployed at present in Latin America. This total corresponds ...

2005: It’s Brazil Year in France

Four hundred Brazilian cultural events will be presented during the Year of Brazil in ...

Brazilian University Will Fill Half of Its Vacancies with African Students

Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, forwarded to the National Congress a bill ...

Brazil’s Grain Crop to Reach 141 Million Tons in 2010, a 4.6 Growth

Brazil is expecting a great year in agriculture. This according to estimates issued in ...

Brazil Hath No Fury Like a Mayor Scorned

It’s the mayors’ turn. Since yesterday, at the federal capital, municipal officeholders have not ...

Lula Tells Palestinians Their First Challenge Is to Break Israeli Blockade

Apart from seeking greater participation in the peace process between Israel and Palestine, Brazilian ...

Brazil Has US$ 42 Million for Those Willing to Plant Castor Beans

The National Program to Strengthen Family Farming (Pronaf) will offer a line of credit ...

Carrefour supermarket in Brazil

Carrefour Becomes Largest Supermarket Group in Brazil

The French group Carrefour has signed an agreement to acquire the Brazilian supermarket chain ...

30,000 in Brazil Forced to Leave Home Due to Rains. Army Called.

Rains in northern Brazil have caused the level of the Acre River to rise ...

Brazil Ventures into Space with a Little Help from Russia, China and France

In 2006 Marcos Pontes, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Brazilian Air Force, became the ...