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Relief for Dilma: unemployment rate in August remained at 5%

Saturday, September 27th 2014 - 09:08 UTC
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Brazil's jobless rate rose in August to its highest in six months despite stronger job creation, adding to signs that the economic recession is eroding a robust labor market. The non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate stood at 5.0 percent in August, up from 4.9% in July, statistics agency IBGE announced. Read full article


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  • Brasileiro

    Great news. Brazil created 101 000 job openings in August/2014.

    The negativity of Mercopress turns the news into something bad...

    Sep 27th, 2014 - 10:39 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @1..all crap.
    Brazzo, since you are such a genius, and vouch for all the government's figures on the unemployment rate, which they claim to be only 5%, TELL ME WHY the 30 million Brazilians (15 million families) who are receiving government handouts - the 'bolsa familia' - are not counted amongst the 'unemployed' ???.....they are obviously of working age, otherwise they would be retired, and receiving their pensions ...but yet they do not work, haven't the slightest intention of looking for a job, and are content to live off the work of those that DO contribute to the system..... so, 10,000,000 officially unemployed, plus 30,000,000 on handouts, comes to 40,000,000, or 20 % of the entire population of 200 million ; Now, if from the 200 million, you subtract the people that are too young to join the work force, and also those that have already retired, I don't know exactly, but I'd say you come to about 150 true unemployment is over 25%.
    This time, don't run away, ANSWER MY QUESTION !!! (responda a minha pergunta, se for capaz !)

    Sep 27th, 2014 - 09:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    You must learn to respect others before asking questions.

    Sep 27th, 2014 - 10:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RRolfe

    @2 Jack
    Dear Sir,
    The criteria used by various countries to report unemployment rates (basically, percentage of the employable population that are actively seeking employment, but are not currently working) vary wildly from country to country.
    While Brazil's method is rather dubious at best, it is actually not that much more dubious than that of most other countries (or at least, relative to those countries classified as “developing economies”). According to the generally-accepted definition, you're not “unemployed” if you are a perpetual ward of the state (welfare recipient), regardless of your abilities (I know, it's rather ridiculous; your group of “haven't the slightest intention of looking for a job” don't even count as part of the unemployed, whether in Brazil, US, Canada, UK, etc).

    Here's a couple of interesting links:

    Sep 27th, 2014 - 10:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    It's no use changing the subject to avoid aswering my question, which by the way was rhetorical...I know why the 'bolsa familia' recipents are not counted, I just wanted to know if you had any clue. Obviously you don't.
    @4 RRolfe
    Thanks for taking the time ; as I said above, I was testing the Brasileiro's to see if he has any idea of what's really going on in Brazil, or if he understands the numbers (official government stats) he throws around as a justification for everything.
    But you are perfectly right when you say the unemployment figures only consider those actively looking for a job, and that the “perpetual wards of the State” are not ; and rightly said, this goes for many countries, including the US (recipients of food stamps or “SNAP's”, as they now euphemistically like to call it now, have doubled under BO's administration recipients).
    The problem in Brazil is the way in which the ”bolsa família' is being administrated, in that instead of being a stepping stone to help the needy to get back on their feet, most of those who enter the programme simply see it as early retirement....and as a consequence, it has become a powerful political tool. While I have nothing against the principle behind this this programme, I don't like the way the PT has come to misuse it. One thing is to be dependent on the State because you have no option, another is when you decide to just sponge off the taxpayer.
    Interesting link - it 'suggests' that the Canadian methodology is more honest than that of the US, and that if Canada used the same methodology as the US, then their unemployment rate would be a percentage point lower that currently reported.
    All the best,JB

    Sep 28th, 2014 - 08:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RRolfe

    I guess I'm just fascinated as to why you bother to take the time to respond to, or ask questions of “Brasileiro”. While a certain select few of the so-called “trolls” on these boards seem to be quite capable of rational thought, I have yet to see one single post from the aforementioned troll that possessed even a modicum of insightfulness or intelligence (although I must admit that I stopped reading any of his posts weeks ago; I know better now, so I just skip past them, unless I'm in need of a chuckle). Even the likes of Nostrum/Tobi and Conqueror occasionally serve-up relevant, well thought out, and interesting posts; but I have yet to see anything but childish, ridiculously embarrassing, propagandistic blabber from the likes of Brasileiro.
    Far be it from me to preach to someone exactly how they should spend their spare time, but from what I've observed thus far, you should be corresponding with someone a little further (okay, a whole lot further) up the IQ scale. He is far, far beneath your abilities and not worthy of your time. Have a great day. RR

    Sep 28th, 2014 - 10:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @6 RRolfe
    While I know I have gotten nowhere with him, nor am I likely to, what encourages me to reply is that perhaps other readers would like to NOT be misinformed.
    But nevertheless, sound advice......that said, if I do reply, be sure it's for the benefit of the others.

    Sep 29th, 2014 - 04:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Hepatia So, having problems with your maid, are you.

    Sep 30th, 2014 - 12:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    No, I'm not having any problems with you...

    Oct 01st, 2014 - 01:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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