Number of the week

Black people still the most disadvantaged in Brazil’s labor market

The black population in Brazil still has the worst-paying jobs and lowest monthly income

Black Lives Matter protest in São Paulo. Photo: ByDrone Photos Videos
Black Lives Matter protest in São Paulo. Photo: ByDrone Photos Videos

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 that the black population in Brazil still has the worst-paying jobs and lowest monthly income. 

73.3%
race-based wage gap in Brazil

The Brazilian labor market has historically been characterized by low income, high inequality, and a pronounced heterogeneity between economic activities, which also results in considerable variation in wages. And the Covid-19 pandemic has only accentuated these characteristics, especially regarding racial inequalities. 

According to a report by the Brazilian...

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