Formal employment in Brazil increased 0.73% in September in relation to August. 189,458 new jobs were created, compared with 135,460 the month before. This was the second best result for the month of September in the last decade, second only to 2004 (199,742 new jobs).
These figures come from the Brazilian General Register of Employment and Unemployment (Caged), released on Tuesday (18) by the Ministry of Labor and Employment.
The Northeast region of Brazil was responsible for the largest chunk of new jobs in September (91,779). Sugar and alcohol refineries generated 46,425 posts, benefiting the states of Alagoas with 28,972 new jobs, and Pernambuco, with 16,278.
According to Brazil’s Minister of Labor and Employment, Luiz Marinho, this is the first time this year that the Northeast had the chance to appear as the region of greatest job creation, due to seasonal factors (the cultivation cycle for sugar cane). The Northeast was followed by the Southeast region, with 65,184 new formal positions.
In general the chief sectors that contributed to the increase in employment in September were manufacturing (with 80,966 new jobs), services (with 63,774 new jobs), commerce (with 47,031 new jobs), and construction (with 16,630 new jobs).
Agriculture was the only major sector in which employment declined in September. 27,759 posts were lost, due to the between-harvest period in the Center-South region of the country.
So far this year, the agricultural sector has added 175,641 jobs, an increase of 13.69%. Across all sectors, 1,408,694 new formal jobs were generated from January to September.
"Our goal is to create 100 thousand formal jobs, on average, each month during Lula’s term of office. I am certain we will succeed," Marinho affirmed.
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