Analysis: Brazil is unequal even in unhappiness

While the happiness rate of the poorest 40% fell from 6.3 pre-Covid to 5.5 during the pandemic, the happiness rate of the wealthiest 20% rose from 6.8 to 6.9.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Among the poorest 40% of the Brazilian population, the feeling of overall well-being has dropped the most; for the 20% with higher incomes, the feeling is that life has actually improved.

Escarlen Moch, 34, worked for 9 years in the financial area of a boarding house in Porto Alegre. With the outbreak of the pandemic and the interruption of classes, a large part of students who rented rooms returned home, which drastically reduced the establishment's income. In January 2021, Moch was fired. The managers claimed the institution was struggling financially.

Taken by surprise, Moch . . .

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