A survey carried out by the consulting firm IDados and published exclusively by Globonews showed that between April 2020 and April 2021 3.3 million people stopped working — there are 377 unemployed per hour. This is one of the consequences of the crisis caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
The survey was based on the April indicators of the PNAD (National Household Sample Survey) Continuous, released by the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics).
According to the broadcaster, the situation registered in July and August of last year was even worse — on average, 1,300 jobs lost per hour.
“In fact, the pandemic affected the labor market and strongly affected, a strong negative. If we look at this evolution month by month, we see that this is exactly what happened, it was first falling sharply and then began to reverse. During the second half of last year, there was a recovery in employment, we began to observe smaller and smaller declines,” explained Bruno Ottoni, economist and researcher at IDados, to Globonews.
The average unemployment rate in Brazil was 14.7% in the first quarter of the year, an increase of 0.8 percentage point compared to the last quarter of 2020 (13.9%). This corresponds to over 880 thousand unemployed people, totaling 14.8 million in line looking for a job in the country.
These are the highest rate and the highest number of unemployed persons in all quarters of the IBGE’s historical series, which began in 2012.