The unemployed population (1.4 million people) was stable in relation to the previous month and decreased 8.5% (127 thousand people) in relation to March last year.
The employed population (23.0 million) remained stable in comparison to February. Contrasting with February 2012, there was an increase of 1.2%, which meant a rise of 276 thousand employed persons within 12 months.
The number of workers with a formal contract in the private sector (11.4 million) did not record change in relation to February. In the annual comparison, there was an increase of 2.8%, accounting for additional 309 thousand jobs with a formal contract in a year.
The real average income usually earned by the employed (R$ 1,855.40) held steady in relation to February. Against March last year, the employed persons’ purchasing power grew 0.6%.
The volume of real income usually earned of the employed (R$ 42.8 billion) decreased by 0.6% in relation to February. Compared with March 2012, the volume grew 1.6%.
The volume of real actual income of the employed (R$ 42.6 billion), estimated in February 2013, changed -0.5% in the month and 2.7 % in the period of a year.