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


  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


You May Also Like

Brazil to Host Conference of African Diaspora Intellectuals

Today, March 21, marks the end of a two-day encounter between representatives of African ...

AIDS Among Poor Women Goes Up Sharply in Brazil

Brazil’s Non-Governmental Agencies (NGOs) are organizing demonstrations in 12 Brazilian states in an effort ...

Survival Wants to Save Brazil’s Last Nomadic Indians, the Awí¡

An Indian child’s body has been discovered in the Brazilian Amazon, in the state of Maranhão. ...

Fields Medal Winner Meets with Brazil President and Asks for More Investment in Science

Mathematician Artur Avila, recipient of the Fields Medal, regarded as the Nobel prize of ...

Small Arms: Latin America’s Other Arms Race

According to the World Health Organization, gun-related fatalities are the leading cause of death ...

Brazil and Neighbors Economic Bloc, Mercosur, Doesn’t Seem Viable the Way It Is

Argentinean Carlos Alvarez, the president of the Standing Committee of Mercosur representatives said he ...

Brazil: A Few Stereotypes of My Own

In Brazil, if you are dating, you let the entire world know it. You ...

Brazil to Indemnify Families of ”Politically Missing”

During the military dictatorship which ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985, a number of ...