Brazil tries to regulate gig economy. It could get even worse for workers

Brazil's moves to regulate gig economy could make conditions for workers even worse
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Since Brazil escaped its worst recession on record, unemployment rates have slowly—yet consistently—gone down. But new data from Brazil’s official statistics agency sheds more light on exactly what kind of jobs people are managing to get. And the data shows that Brazil is becoming ever closer to the very definition of a gig economy.

The number of people working with vehicles—such as drivers for lift apps, taxi drivers and bus drivers—increased 29.2 percent in 2018 and reached 3.6 million, some 810,000 more people than in 2017. This is the highest increase in percentage and absolute terms since 2012,...

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