More than half of Brazilians workers are out of a job

New unemployment figures bring a series of bad results for the Brazilian job market, suggesting the economic woes of the pandemic will persist

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Brazil’s latest unemployment figures, released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, was filled with records — none of them positive. In just three months, the coronavirus pandemic erased jobs that Brazil took almost three years to create, and left more than half of economically active Brazilians without a job, with social isolation crashing into the fragile cornerstone of economic recovery: the gig economy.

In the three-month span ending in April, 21 percent of informal jobs were cut, leaving 2.4 million people without means to provide for themselves and their families. As a result, only 49.5 percent of...

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