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Brazil’s Formal Job Market Grows 9%, but Income Shrinks

A survey has found that the number of workers in Brazil in the formal job market, on-the-books, with benefits (com carteira assinada), rose 9% in 2003, compared to 2001. In the industrial sector the increase was 5%.

However, there was a drop in worker income. Mariana Raposa, a director at Sesi (Industrial Social Services), which conducted the survey, says the fall in worker income reflects the country’s unequal income distribution.

"The number of workers making better salaries fell, while the number getting low wages, one to three minimum wages (between US$ 238 and US$ 402), rose," she explained.

In fact, the survey found that the percentage of workers receiving one to three minimum wages rose from 58.1% in 2001, to 64.2% in 2003. Whereas with regard to workers making more than three minimum wages, the percentage fell from 41.7% to 35.5%.

More Women

The Sesi survey of the formal job market also found that more women now have jobs in the formal job market.

"We found that 40% of the jobs on the formal job market are held by women. We also found that women have more education than men, even when they make less," says Paula Montanher, at the Ministry of Labor.

Montanher also points out that the best jobs remain concentrated in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and Espí­rito Santo where almost 62% of workers earn up to three minimum wages. For the sake of comparison, in the Northeast many more people make only one minimum wage.

Agência Brasil

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  • Guest

    Hi i\’m a student at PRC
    Your comments are hilarious. I was just doing research on the Income of Brazil and found this information and your opinions and i agree with the last comment written. I didnt know that the U.S has forgiven so much debt.

  • Guest

    WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
    first of all. bush has nothing to do with the fact that brazil is one of the most corrupt places on earth. you should protest your own politicians. bush and the us have forgiven more debt to brazil than you could even write on a piece of paper. you should love him and prior jerky US politicians who let your politicians steal money from them and then have them write it off.

    just go to work and quit crying. dont expect anyone to give you anything. just go get it legally.

  • Guest

    Bush not the blame.
    A poll last month by Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, a think tank based in Chile, found that a majority of South Americans in the capitals of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay had a negative opinion of Bush.

  • Guest

    !!!!!!
    ….the worst noted students in a class cannot say they are bad because of the bests noted students !!!!! Even if the class is composed only of….developping nations…..your rating is not very high in many different subjects !!!!

  • Guest

    CORRECT…..
    ….for the first part !!!!

    But Bush is not and cannnot be blamed for your problems.

    If I am not wrong….your corruptions problems date from well before Bush was elected…by just….several decades !!!!!

    You had several governments for the last decades…and all simpy…. failed !!!!

    You cannot put responsibility of your own mistakes…simply to others….Buish or whoever !!!! That is….too easy !!!

    You could as well name Bush responsible for the decades of corruptions to the roots in your country !!!! But…such an argument simply makes no sense.

    By all objective statistics…your are not very competitive…for many obvious reasons…not connected tu Bush or the Americans or the Europeans. Also your country has the world most social inequalities after Sierra Leone !!!!! Nothing to do with Bush or any developped country !!!!!!

    Please analyze simply what is happening INSIDE your country…..not outside because nobody is responsible for your own errors, bad management, bad policies…just to name a few !!!!

    I am European not American…but what you say is totally wrong !!!!!

  • Guest

    What a shame!
    Brasil should lower the wages of all politicians ( corrupt or not ) so they may experience what it’s like to live on such lower wages. Let them eat beans and rice for months. It’s no wonder that most young people prefer or have to steal or sell drugs for a living. Screw all politicians, they’re all liers and don’t want to better the lifes of the citizens whom elected them to office. Later,only for the politicians to open bank accts. overseas and not make the empty promisses come to a realization for the population at large. What a bunch of crooks. Screw them all! When Bush arrives in November in Brasil, we should have a great protest against his emperiolismo/capitalismo. He doens’t deserve a welcome in Brasil. He is a Warmonger and not for the poor. Never was, never will be.

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