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Montevideo, September 23rd 2018 - 04:43 UTC

Unemployment in Brazil falls slightly in July to 12.3%

Friday, August 31st 2018 - 09:01 UTC
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Job gains have been mostly concentrated in off-the-books employment, which offers less benefits such as scheduled pay raises. Job gains have been mostly concentrated in off-the-books employment, which offers less benefits such as scheduled pay raises.

Brazil's unemployment rate dipped slightly in July, as expected, extending a slow and bumpy labor market recovery as pivotal presidential elections loom.

The jobless rate fell to 12.3% in the three months through July, government statistics agency IBGE said on Thursday, matching the median forecast of economists.

The rate was 12.4% in the three months through June.

Job gains have been mostly concentrated in off-the-books employment, which offers less benefits such as scheduled pay raises.

This has helped to keep a lid on wages, which for months have remained flat when adjusted for inflation.

That is likely to keep a lid on inflation and allow the central bank to refrain from raising interest rates even as the Brazilian currency fell to a 2-1/2 year low, according to economists.

Categories: Economy, Politics, Brazil.

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