Unemployment drops to 14.1% in the 2nd quarter and reaches 14.4 million people

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A unemployment rate fell to 14.1% in the 2nd quarter of 2021, a reduction of 0.6 percentage point from the previous quarter (14.7%). In comparison with the period from April to June of last year, there was an increase of 0.8 percentage point (13.3%). The data are part of the PNAD (National Household Sample Survey) Ongoing, released this Tuesday, 31, by the IBGE.

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A unemployed population totals 14.4 million people and was stable compared to the first quarter, when it was 14.8 million people. In comparison with the same period in 2020, the number of unemployed people increased by 12.9% — 1.7 million more people.

A employed population grew 2.5% compared to the previous quarter and 5.3% compared to the same quarter in 2020. occupancy level, referring to the percentage of employed people in the working age population, is estimated at 49.6% and grew 1.2 pp compared to the previous quarter and 1.6 percentage points compared to the same quarter in 2020.

A underutilization rate fell 1.1 pp from the previous three months, reaching 32.2 million people. already the underemployed population due to insufficient hours worked reached 7.5 million people and hit the record of the time series, up 7.3% compared to the previous quarter and 34.4% compared to the same period in 2020.

A despondent population fell 6.5% compared to the previous quarter and reached 5.6 million people, remaining stable in the year.

A real average income worker was R$ 2,515.00 in the quarter ended in June. The result represents a drop of 6.6% compared to the same period of the previous year. The mass of real income paid to employed persons totaled R$ 215.490 billion in the quarter through June, a drop of 1.7% compared to the same period of the previous year, informed the IBGE.