Brazil - Unemployment

Brazil: Unemployment

Mnemonic LBU.IBRA
Unit Ths. # 3-mo MA, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 1.46 %
Data May 2019 12,984
Apr 2019 13,177

Series Information

Source Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)
Release National Continuous Household Sample Survey (PNAD)
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/2012
End Date 5/31/2019

Brazil: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Labor Force May 2019 105,931 105,543 Ths. # 3-mo MA, NSA Monthly
Unemployment May 2019 12,984 13,177 Ths. # 3-mo MA, NSA Monthly
Unemployment Rate May 2019 12.3 12.5 % 3-mo MA, NSA Monthly
Agriculture Employment 2017 10,763,597 10,509,254 # Annual
Total Employment 2016 51,411,199 53,541,695 # Annual

Release Information

For Brazil, the "Continuous PNAD" (PNAD Contínua, "Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicílios Contínua", "national continuous household sample survey") is a replacement for the "Monthly Employment Survey - PME" and the "National Sample Survey of Households - PNAD". The data is reported monthly for national series and quarterly for subnational series.

Monthly series are reported as a three-month moving average.

All series include ages 14 and older.

The National Survey by Household Sample Continuous Quarterly covers the resident population in the Greater Regional Areas of:

  • North Brazil
  • Northeast Brazil
  • Southeast Brazil
  • South Brazil
  • Midwest Brazil

The Continuous PNAD incorporates international recommendations and was assisted by the ILO in the process of developing this study.

The search rotation scheme is 1-2 (5), or a household is interviewed in a month, two months the remains out of the sample and returns to the next interview. The process is repeated until he is interviewed five times. In short, a household is interviewed for five quarters, once every quarter.

Real series are based off of current quarter.

The data is collected through a Computer-Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) using Continuous PNAD questionnaire and interview guide.  It is disseminated through online digital publishing.