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June 25, 20 - 11:07 am - LABS

Almost 10 million Brazilians did not have income in May

Almost 10 million Brazilians did not receive income and 19 million were removed from work in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) report on Wednesday, says Folha de S.Paulo.

The survey is a version of the National Continuous Sample Survey, known as PNAD, with a focus on COVID-19. It also detected that there was a reduction in the income of Brazilian workers.

In total, Brazil had 84.4 million employed workers in May, said the IBGE. Of this total, 22.5% were out of work in the week of the survey and 18.6% were out of work due to social distancing.

Informal workers selling face masks. Photo: Shutterstock

The highest rate of dismissal was among informal workers: domestic workers without a formal contract (33.6%), public sector employees without a formal contract (29.8%) and private sector employees without a formal contract (22.9%).

According to the IBGE, the effective income of Brazilian workers fell 18.2% in May, to BRL 1,899. Among those who remained at work, almost a third worked less than usual.

The IBGE survey also identified that 38.7% of Brazilian households received some type of monetary aid related to the pandemic. The average amount received by households was BRL 847.