Unemployment Rises in Brazil

By Marcela Canavarro, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - The unemployment rate increased in six of the biggest metropolitan areas in Brazil. The survey, released last week by Interunion Department of Statistic and Socioeconomic Studies (Dieese), refers to March and states that unemployment reached 15.1% of Economically Active Population - or 3 millions workers. In February, the percentage was 13.9%.

Unemployment has been increasing for the last three months in Brazil, when the world crisis effects led some sectors to cut expenses, including employees' salaries.

The government reacted with macroeconomic adjustments such as taxes stimulus for cars sales (in December . . .

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