Number of the week

Brazilian labor market finally shows signs of improvement

Devastated by the pandemic, effective income is finally starting to creep upwards, with the hardest-hit categories – informal and self-employed workers – now starting to earn again

labor market improvement
Photo: Gabriel Cabral/Folhapress

Welcome to the “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week, we show that the Brazilian labor market may be slowly improving after the Covid-19 pandemic.

19.5%
boost to self-employed workers’ income during Q2 2021

Q2 2020 was the Brazilian labor market’s worst period of the Covid-19 pandemic, with job losses and falls in income across practically all sectors, genders, age groups, and educational levels – albeit to different degrees.

Now, 18 months after the health and economic crisis hit the country, the...

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