The percentage of unoccupied people in Brazil closed out 2014 at 6.8%. The figure, released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), stands for 6.5 million Brazilians of job
age, i.e., 14 years old or older. The rate is seen to have fallen if compared to 2013, when it stood at 7.1%.
The survey is conducted in six metropolitan areas: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Salvador and Recife. The data collected are used by the institute for the entire country.
In the fourth quarter of 2014, the national rate for unoccupied people was reported at 6.5%—down from the previous quarter’s 6.8%. In absolute values, this represents a decline from 6.7 to 6.5 million people.
As for its occupied counterpart, a raise was detected from the third to the forth quarter of 2014—92.3 million up to 92.9 million people.
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira