4.3 Million Brazil Pushed into Extremely Low-Income Bracket in The Metropolises

Contingent rises to 24.5 million people, study says

Rio de Janeiro

In one year, the pandemic has pushed another 4.3 million Brazilians in metropolitan regions into the labor income bracket considered to be very low, according to the fourth edition of the newsletter Desigualdade nas Metrópoles.

In the first quarter of 2020, the metropolitan regions totaled 20.2 million people in households with a per capita income from work below 1/4 of the minimum wage. In the same period of 2021, the number rose to 24.5 million.

The bulletin arrived at the result based on the research Pnad Contínua, by IBGE. Between the first quarter of 2020 and the same period of 2021, the percentage of people living in households with an income lower than 1/4 of the minimum wage jumped from 24.5% to 29.4% in the metropolises.

The numbers only consider the income from work. Social benefit resources, such as retirement or Bolsa Família, are not included in the calculation.​

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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