Brazil: Unemployment rate

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 Brazil

Unemployment rate

 Latest value 9.46
 Year 2022
 Measure percent
 Data availability 1991 - 2022
 Average 9.44
 Min - Max 6.03 - 13.93
 Source The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for Brazil from 1991 to 2022. The average value for Brazil during that period was 9.44 percent with a minimum of 6.03 percent in 1993 and a maximum of 13.93 percent in 2020. The latest value from 2022 is 9.46 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2022 based on 176 countries is 7.45 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Recent values chart
Brazil - Unemployment rate - recent values

Historical chart
Brazil - Unemployment rate - historical chart - 1991-2022




The unemployment rate in Brazil and other countries is defined as the number of unemployed people as percent of the labor force. The labor force includes the people who are either employed or unemployed, i.e. who don't have a job but are actively looking for one. The labor force does not include people who are not looking for work, children, and the retired.

The unemployment rate seldom declines below 4-5 percent even during boom times. There are always people who move between different sectors of the economy or between cities. When the economy goes into recession, then unemployment can reach much higher numbers, sometimes even in the double digits.
Definition: Unemployment refers to the share of the labor force that is without work but available for and seeking employment.


 Related indicators Latest value Reference Measure
 Labor force 108.38 2022 million people
 Unemployment rate 9.46 2022 percent
 Female unemployment 11.83 2022 percent
 Male unemployment 7.63 2022 percent
 Youth unemployment 21.36 2022 percent
 Labor force participation 63.13 2022 percent
 Labor force: percent female 43.58 2022 percent
 Female labor force participation 53.56 2022 percent
 Male labor force participation 73.25 2022 percent
 Employment 99.84 9/2023 million employed people
 Unemployment rate 7.70 9/2023 percent
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