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Brazil Crisis Causes More Black Unemployment, Lower Wages

  • Women protest against racism in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    Women protest against racism in Sao Paulo, Brazil. | Photo: EFE

Published 15 November 2017

A new report shows that more Black people in Brazil are unemployed and receive lower wages since the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff.

The impact of the economic crisis in Brazil and the high unemployment rates have affected the Black population more than any other, according to a new investigation.

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From 2015 until 2016 in Sao Paulo, unemployment among Black people increased from 14.9 percent to 19.4 percent. Meanwhile, the rate for everyone else went from 12 percent to 15.2 percent, a difference of 4.2 percent from 2.9 percent.

The numbers were published by the Employment and Unemployment Research of the Metropolitan Area of Sao Paulo, a division of the Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies.

The study also presented the unequal salaries received by Black workers in Brazil, where they receive just 67.8 percent of what whites earn. One of the reasons for this disparity, the investigation said, is because more whites are in positions of power with higher wages in Brazil.

The report found there is a higher concentration of Black people in traditionally low wage jobs, like construction and household work, and they fill the lowest levels of jobs with higher incomes in industry, services, public sector and university.

This comes as a recent report titled, "Violence Map" showed that while the number of homicides committed against white women had decreased, the homicide rate for Black women had increased.

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