Brazil’s unemployment rises as isolation goes down

Brazil's expected "job apocalypse" has yet to occur. But as people leave isolation, unemployment rates are shooting up

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Street market in Paraná. Photo: Jair Ferreira Belafacce/Shutterstock

Back in April, our Explaining Brazil podcast discussed the risks of a “job apocalypse” in Brazil. While data supporting that analysis has appeared — in June, more than half of Brazilian workers were out of a job — the full effects of the coronavirus crisis on the job market will only be felt in the coming months, as Brazilians continue to leave self-confinement in droves and pursue new jobs. 

Unemployment figures only account for people who are actively looking for a job. And due to health concerns and a depressed economy, millions out of work did not even bother to look...

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