Unemployment rate falls for the second month in a row to the lowest so far in 2013

Having started off at 5.4% in January 2013 this year, and risen steadily until it reached 6.0% in June 2013, the unemployment rate for the six principal metropolitan regions of Brazil fell to 5.6% in July and again to 5.3% in August according to the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE).

The data for the PME (unemployment rate) is obtained from a probability sample of, approximately, 38,500 households located in the Metropolitan Areas of Recife, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre.