The number of unemployed people rose 9.6 percent over December last year to 1.2 million. Employment fell 0.9 percent on a monthly basis to 23.1 million people.
The number of workers with a formal contract in the private sector remained steady at 11.8 million and average real wages at R$ 1979.14 showed no change over December.
Regionally, the jobless rate rose in all main regions except in Rio de Janeiro where it fell slightly to 3.6 percent from 3.7 percent in December. In São Paulo, unemployment rose to 5.0 percent.