The unemployment rate in Brazil dropped to 14.2 percent in the three months to January of 2021 from 14.3 percent in the August to October period of 2020. Still, it was the highest jobless rate for a quarter up to January. The number of unemployed persons rose by 1.5 percent to 14.27 million while employment increased by 2 percent to 86.03 million. The labour force participation rate went up by 0.7 percentage points to 56.8 percent and the employment rate increased by 0.7 percentage points to 48.7 percent. source: Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE)

Unemployment Rate in Brazil averaged 10.21 percent from 2012 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 14.60 percent in September of 2020 and a record low of 6.20 percent in December of 2013. This page provides the latest reported value for - Brazil Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Brazil Unemployment Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on April of 2021.

Unemployment Rate in Brazil is expected to be 14.20 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Unemployment Rate in Brazil to stand at 13.80 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Brazil Unemployment Rate is projected to trend around 12.40 percent in 2022 and 10.50 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Brazil Unemployment Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
14.20 13.90 14.60 6.20 2012 - 2021 percent Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-12-29 12:00 PM Oct 14.3% 14.6% 14.7% 14.8%
2021-01-28 12:00 PM Nov 14.1% 14.3% 14% 14.1%
2021-02-26 12:00 PM Dec 13.9% 14.1% 13.9% 13.9%
2021-03-31 12:00 PM Jan 14.2% 13.9% 14.1% 14.1%
2021-04-30 12:00 PM Feb 14.2%
2021-05-27 12:00 PM Mar
2021-06-30 12:00 PM Apr
2021-07-30 12:00 PM May


News Stream
Brazil Jobless Rate Almost Steady at 14.2%
The unemployment rate in Brazil dropped to 14.2 percent in the three months to January of 2021 from 14.3 percent in the August to October period of 2020. Still, it was the highest jobless rate for a quarter up to January. The number of unemployed persons rose by 1.5 percent to 14.27 million while employment increased by 2 percent to 86.03 million. The labour force participation rate went up by 0.7 percentage points to 56.8 percent and the employment rate increased by 0.7 percentage points to 48.7 percent.
2021-03-31
Brazil Jobless Rate Falls to 13.9%
The unemployment rate in Brazil decreased to 13.9 percent in the three months to December of 2020 from 14.6 percent in the July to September period, in line with market expectations. The number of unemployed decreased by 1.2 percent to 13.93 million and employment went up by 4.5 percent to 86.18 million. The labor force participation rate increased by 1.6 percentage points to 56.8 percent and the employment rate went up by 1.8 percentage points to 48.9 percent. Still, the average unemployment rate for the year 2020 was 13.5 percent, the highest since 2012.
2021-02-26
Brazil Jobless Rate Drops to 14.1%
The unemployment rate in Brazil edged down to 14.1 percent in the three months to November of 2020 from 14.4 percent in the June to August period, slightly above market expectations of 14 percent. The number of unemployed rose by just 1.7 percent to 14.02 million and employment increased by 4.8 percent to 85.58 million. The labor force participation rate increased by 1.9 percentage points to 56.6 percent and the employment rate went up by 1.8 percentage points to 48.6 percent.
2021-01-28
Brazil Jobless Rate Rises to 14.3%
The unemployment rate in Brazil increased to 14.3 percent in the three months to October of 2020 from 13.8 percent in the May to July period but below market expectations of 14.7 percent as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take the toll on the labour market. The number of unemployed rose by 7.1 percent to 14.06 million and employment went up by 2.8 percent to 84.30 million. The labor force participation rate increased by 1.4 percentage points to 56 percent and the employment rate went up by 0.9 percentage points to 48 percent.
2020-12-29

Brazil Unemployment Rate
In Brazil, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force.