IBGE: More than three million people have been looking for a job for over two years

Unemployed at a job center in Rio de Janeiro

Unemployed at a job center in Rio de Janeiro

  |  José Cruz-Agência Braasil

About 3.2 million people have been looking for a job for two years or more in Brazil. According to data from the National Household Sample Survey released today (Nov 19) by the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute (IBGE), this represents 25.2% of the country's 12.5 million unemployed.

According to the IBGE, about 1.8 million people (7.1% of the unemployed) have been looking for a job for less than a month. The country's unemployment rate in the third quarter of 2019, according to data released in October, was 11.8%, slightly below the 12% rate reported in the previous quarter. The survey released today also includes state-wise unemployment data. The state of São Paulo was the only one where the unemployment rate dropped between the second and the third quarter of this year. São Paulo's unemployment rate dropped from 12.8% to 12%.

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