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Employed people in Brazil up 1.7 million 2012–2017

Men still make up the majority in the labor market

Published in 08/11/2018 - 15:54

By Akemi Nitahara Rio de Janeiro

The number of people employed in Brazil rose from 89.7 million in 2012 to 91.4 million in 2017, as per figures from the Continuous PNAD (National Household Sample Survey): Additional Features of the Labor Market 2012–2017, released today (Nov. 8) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).

The survey shows that the apex for employment in Brazil was reported in 2015, with 92.6 million, down 1.5 percent from 2016, and a “moderate” 0.3 percent recovery in 2017.

Economist Adriana Beringuy, with IBGE’s coordination for Employment and Revenues, explained that the percentage of men and women in the market was more balanced, especially due to a loss of jobs on men’s part.

“Structurally, what we have is men being predominant among the population employed in the time series starting in 2012. This gap has always existed. What happened in 2017 is that the fall in employment among men was so sharp that this difference was lowered, not necessarily because women saw an increase in jobs,” she pointed out.

It was not until last year, when the participation of women reached 43.4 percent of the work force, that a rise in employment among females was observed.

Translation: Fabrício Ferreira Edition: Kleber Sampaio / Nira Foster

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