Number of the week

The state of Brazil’s gig economy

High unemployment and rising informality have been a boon to apps and platforms in the transport sector, even before the pandemic

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Courier in São Paulo. Photo: Nelson Antoine/Shutterstock

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 coronavirus pandemic fueled the gig economy in Brazil’s transport sector.

1.4mn
app couriers and drivers in Brazil

The Covid-19 pandemic prompted many to replace restaurant dinners with food delivery via apps, while e-commerce became a common alternative to shopping in malls. It is not surprising, then, that transport and delivery apps have come to be such an important feature on Brazilian cell phones.

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