Brazilian Jobs Grow in Transport But Fall in Wood and Leather Sectors

Brazil steelwork Brazilian industry sector's employment rate  grew by 1% from August to September, according to the Monthly Survey of Industrial Employment and Wages, disclosed this Wednesday, November 14, by the IBGE Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

In comparison with September 2006, employment has grown by 2.8%. Out of the 14 areas surveyed, 11 have increased their number of workers, and out of 18 sectors, employment grew in 12. The states of São Paulo (4.4%), Paraná (4.8%), and Minas Gerais (2.7%) had the greatest influence in the overall result.

IBGE economist Denise Cordovil informed that in the accumulated result from January until September, the amount of employees in the industry sector increased by 1.7%, a result similar to the one recorded in 2004 (1.8%).

"The sectors that have been driving this growth are those of capital goods, especially machinery and equipment, thus reflecting increased investment in industry and durable consumer goods, such as household appliances and automobiles, due to the maintenance of favorable credit conditions and to the increase in job positions," said the economist.

The number of hours paid to workers and the actual payroll also grew by 1% in September compared with August. In the last 12 months, employment grew by 1.4%.

In the country as a whole, the sectors that exerted the greatest positive pressure were foodstuffs and beverages (4.2%), means of transport (10.5%) and machinery and equipment (9.6%). On the other hand, shoes and leather items (-9.3%) and wood (-6.0%) led negative pressures.

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