More Than Five Million Unemployed Seek Work for More Than one Year

The country's average unemployment rate in the first quarter increased to 12.7 percent affecting 13.4 million Brazilians. This is the highest unemployment rate since the quarter that ended in March 2018.

By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Data released last week by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) show that 5.2 million unemployed have been seeking employment for over a year; this represents 38.9 percent of the unemployed in the country.

Out of the overall number of people on the unemployment line, 3.3 million (24.8 percent) have been out of work for two years or more, a 9.8 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2018.

Also according to IBGE, 6 million people (45.4 percent of the total) have . . .

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