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30/06/2017 - 19:14hs
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Unemployment rate levels out at 13.3%

At the end of May there were 13.8 million unemployed persons in the country, according to the national household sampling survey from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).



Rio de Janeiro – Unemployment levelled out in Brazil at 13.3% in the three months through May, as per numbers from the National Household Sample Survey (da Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicílios - Pnad) made public by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) on Friday (30). The rate is the exact same as in the three months through April. Compared with the three months through May 2016, the rate was up 2.1 percentage points from 11.2%.

This was the highest unemployment rate for the March-May period since record-taking began in 2012. Employment was also the weakest on record at 53;4%, down 1.2 percentage point from May 2016.

There are 13.8 million people out of work in Brazil, up 20% or 2.3 million people from May 2016.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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