Unemployment: a low record in 2010

From Vitor Abdala, Agência Brasil

Rio de Janeiro – Average unemployment in Brazil in 2010 was 6.7%, a historically low figure, reports the government statistical bureau (“IBGE”). For the sake of comparison, average unemployment in 2009 was 8.1%. The IBGE employment figures are for the country’s principal metropolitan regions where a total of 22 million people had jobs in 2010, up 3.2%, compared to 2009. Thus, the unemployment figure (6.7%) works out to an average 1.6 million people without jobs at any given moment during the year. Significantly, the number of workers on-the-books (“registrados” – as opposed to in the shadow economy, without benefits) in 2010 was the highest since 2003: 10.2 million, that is, 46.3% of the work force, compared to 44.7% in 2009. Average take-home pay in 2010 was also the highest since 2003, at R$1,490.61, up 3.8% compared to 2009. December 2010 turned out to be a good month for workers in Brazil. Unemployment fell to 5.3%, with only 1.3 million workers out of work, as take-home pay rose to an average R$1,515.10. Allen Bennett – translator/editor The News in English

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