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Brazil opens 32,140 new jobs in May


With the result, the country accumulates more than 351 thousand new jobs in the year

Brazil registered the opening of 32,140 new job openings with a formal contract in May, according to the General Register of Employed and Unemployed (Caged), released on Thursday (27/6) by the Special Secretariat of Social Security and Labor of the Ministry of Economics, in Brasília. 

The positive balance in May was a result of 1,347,304 admissions and 1,315,164 disconnections. In the year, 351,063 new jobs were created (+ 0.91%), bringing the total of formal jobs in the country to 38.761 million - the largest stock since May 2016, when Caged registered 38.783 million employees with a formal contract. In the accumulated 12 months, the positive balance reaches 474,299 new jobs, equivalent to a growth of 1.24%. 


Employment growth in May was driven by the Agropecuaria sector, which registered the opening of 37,373 new jobs, a growth of 2.39% over the previous month. Coffee (+ 25,369 jobs) and orange (+7,718) were the highlights of the sector, along with support activities for agriculture (+6,729 jobs) and cattle raising (+1,683). 

The second largest balance in May was from the Civil Construction sector, with opening of 8,459 new jobs. Next, the Services sectors appear, with a balance of 2,533 new vacancies, Public Administration (+1,004 posts) and Mineral Extraction (+627). There was a decrease in the month in three sectors: Trade (-11,305 posts), Manufacturing Industry (-6,136) and Industrial Services of Public Utility (-415). 

Regional employment

Four of the five regions had a positive balance in May, highlighting the Southeast, which created 29,498 formal posts. Then come the Midwest (+6,148 vacancies), North (+4.110) and Northeast (+3,319). Only the southern region had a reduction in formal employment (-10,935 jobs). 

Caged recorded employment growth in 19 Federation Units. The largest balances were from Minas Gerais, with opening of 18,380 new vacancies; Espírito Santo, which opened 9,384 posts; and São Paulo, with 6,023 new jobs. 

Among the states with a reduction in employment, the three largest setbacks occurred in Rio Grande do Sul, with 11,207 jobs in Rio de Janeiro (-4,289 jobs) and in Ceará (-1,428). 

Labor modernization 

The intermittent work modality was due to the opening of 7.559 jobs in May, involving 2,828 establishments and 1,991 contracting companies. In all, 88 employees entered into more than one contract in that condition. This was the highest balance since November 2018, when 7,793 new job openings were opened intermittently. 

In the part-time scheme, Caged registered a positive balance of 1,377 jobs in May, resulting in 6,343 admissions and 4,966 terminations, involving 3,801 establishments and 3,196 contracting companies. 

The dismissals by agreement between employer and employee totaled 19,080 occurrences in the month, related to 14,183 establishments and 12,913 companies. A total of 30 employees performed more than one shutdown in this mode.