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New Estimates: Brazil subnational - LFS
Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 09:36 ET
By Amy Berdanier
August 2019 -- Moody's Analytics now estimates labor force status indicators for states in Brazil (108 new quarterly series from 1991).

Motivation: Our national source, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), reports subnational labor force status at a quarterly frequency, but in not seasonally adjusted (NSA) terms and with limited history (from 2012).

Response: For international consistency, we have estimated the labor force status quartet seasonally adjusted (SA) and with extended history (by 22 years).


  • Measurements: Thousands of persons (Ths. #) or percent of labor force (%)
  • Adjustment: Seasonally adjusted (SA)
  • Geo coverage: 
    • All states (26)
    • Federal district (1)
  • Start date: 1991Q1

The series reside in the historical catalog (Brazil » Labor and wages » Labor force status » Moody's Analytics Estimated » Quarterly) and include, for example: 

  • RLBFQ.IBRA_SP = Labor force, (Ths. #, SA) - for State of São Paulo
  • RLBEQ.IBRA_RJ = Employed, (Ths. #, SA) - for State of Rio de Janeiro
  • RLBUQ.IBRA_BA = Unemployed, (Ths. #, SA) - for State of Bahia
  • RLBRQ.IBRA_DF = Unemployment rate, (%, SA) - for Distrito Federal

Because catalog locations are subject to change, the upper-right search box on DataBuffet.com provides a "find in catalog" mode that accepts a mnemonic. 

Method: Please refer to the background documentation in Mnemonic 411. 

See also

Related ReleaseLabor Force Survey
SourceMoody's Analytics (ECCA)
Release DateReference date
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