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Brazil Unemployment (% of active population, aop)

Unemployment Rate in Brazil

Recently released data supports upbeat GDP projections for Q1: Monthly activity stepped on the gas in February, expanding 3.3% on a seasonally adjusted basis (January: -0.1% s.a. mom) and surprising markets with the strongest reading since June 2020. An improvement in the services sector largely drove the upturn. Meanwhile, the manufacturing PMI revealed conditions deteriorated at a slower rate in Q1. Meanwhile, the trade goods balance recorded the largest surplus in the series’ history in March. Moving to Q2, conditions in the services sector strengthened at the steepest pace in nine months in April. Additionally, as inflation receded through April—when it hit a 30-month low—the Central Bank held fire in May, giving consumer budgets some breathing room. However, spillovers from a likely higher unemployment rate could be capping private spending growth in Q2.

Brazil Unemployment Rate Chart

This chart displays Unemployment Rate for Brazil from 2013 to 2022.

Brazil Unemployment Rate Data

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unemployment (% of active population, aop) 12.9 12.4 12.1 13.5 13.5

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