Share of Blacks in Long-Term Unemployment Increases in Brazil

Study suggests that more heads of households may be among those looking for work for two years

Rio de Janeiro

The unemployment rate in Brazil was 14.7% in the quarter ending in April, maintaining the record level registered in the first three months of the year, according to the IBGE.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the index was at 12.6%. There are now 14.8 million people without jobs.

The institute also observed an increase in the share of men, blacks and older workers among the long-term unemployed, who have been looking for a vacancy for at least two years —blacks represent 64.4% of the total Brazilians in this group.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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