Number of the week

Who in Brazil is suffering the most from the jobs crisis?

The global pandemic-led shutdown hit the Brazilian informal sector hardest, after some economy-wide recovery between 2017 and 2019

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The informal sector was hit hard during Covid restrictions. Photo: Romildo de Jesus/Futura Press/Folhapress

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week, we show who suffered the most from the drop in employment in Brazil in 2020. 

7.9%
fewer Brazilians are employed

Unemployment has remained in double digits since the 2014-2016 crisis, but the pandemic blew the problem out of all proportion. Household surveys carried out by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) show that employment was growing at an average rate of 1.7 percent a year between 2017 and 2019.

But after...

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