Most Brazilians Expecting Unemployment to Become Worse

    Compared with the previous quarter, the Brazilian population’s expectations for inflation improved, while perceptions regarding unemployment and overall income remained stable.

    These are the findings of the most recent study conducted by the Ibope (Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics) at the behest of the National Confederation of Industry (CNI). The results were announced Wednesday, September 21.

    According to the survey, in June, 51% of the population believed that inflation would increase. This figure fell to 45% in September. The percentage that believed inflation would decrease was down 1%, from 14% in June to 13% this month (within the margin of error). The percentage that believed inflation would remain unchanged rose from 30% to 35%.

    On the unemployment item, the Ibope/CNI data have indicated stability in the last three surveys. In March, 52% thought that unemployment would increase. In June and September, this percentage was 53% (a difference that is within the margin of error).

    With respect to overall income, the study shows that 19% believe that it will grow over the next six months. This figure was 22% in June. Those who say that it will decline represented 30% in June and 29% this month. The percentage who believe that overall income will remain the same went from 43% to 47%.

    As far as personal income is concerned, in June, 28% thought their income would improve. This month, 25% believe that this will be the case. In June, 49% believed that it would stay the same. This percentage now stands at 52%. In both June and September, 17% thought their personal income would decline over the next six months.

    Altogether, 2002 people aged 16 or more were interviewed in 143 municipalities, from September 8-12. The margin of error in the study is two percentage points, up or down.

    Agência Brasil


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