Sat, 28 Nov 2020

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Unemployment in Brazil rose to 14.4 percent in the June-August period, a national record and an increase of 1.6 percentage points compared to the period of March-May, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) reported on Friday.

According to the IBGE, this is the highest level of unemployment that has been registered in the country since 2012.

Between June and August, 13.8 million people were unemployed, 1.1 million more people compared to the previous three-month period, and 1.2 million more compared to the same period of 2019.

The IBGE report stated that this increase in unemployment is tied to the pandemic, which caused "greater isolation, with greater restrictions on trade," meaning more people were unable to find work.

According to the IBGE, between June and August, the workforce numbered 95.5 million people, 3.2 million fewer people than the previous three-month period and 10.7 million fewer than in the same period in 2019.

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