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BRAZIL: Quarterly Jobless Rate Rises Above Estimates In February

03/29/2018 - 16:42:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - Brazil's unemployment rate rose to 12.6% in the quarter ended in February, reaching the highest level since mid-2017 and surpassing market expectations of a 12.5% rate, according to the national statistics office.

The unemployment rate in Brazil was at 12.2% in the quarter ended in January and at 12.0% in the last quarter of 2017. From December to February 2017, the unemployment rate was at 13.2%.

The unemployed population in Brazil totaled 13.1 million in the quarter ended in February 2018, 4.4% higher than in the previous quarter (September to November 2017), but 3.1% lower than in the same period a year ago. The Brazilian working population totaled 91.1 million in the quarter, 0.9% lower (1.7 million fewer people) than in the previous quarter and 2% below the same period of a year before.

Workers with a formal contract in the private sector totaled 33.1 million (611 thousand fewer people), down 1.8% from a year earlier and the lowest level since 2012.

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