Brazil's industrial employment up 2.4% in 1H

14:10, August 11, 2010      

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Brazil's industrial employment grew 2.4 percent in the first half of 2010 compared to the same period last year, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) said Tuesday.

Industrial employment was up 0.5 percent in June from May, and 4.9 percent year on year, the fifth consecutive increase and the highest ever registered since 2001, IBGE said.

From July 2009 to June 2010, however, industrial employment was down 1.6 percent.

Industrial employment expanded in 14 out of 18 sectors in the first half of 2010.

The most significant expansions were registered in shoes and leather products (6.2 percent), electronics and communication devices (5.3 percent), machinery and equipment (4.1 percent), food and beverages (2 percent).

The most significant decreases in the employment levels were registered in wood sector (8.6 percent) and clothing sector (1.7 percent).

The paid hours to industry workers was up 0.3 percent in June from May and 5.7 percent year on year. In the first half of 2010, the paid hours were up 3.5 percent from the same period in 2009.

Salaries in the industry sector were up 3.3 percent in June from May and up 8.3 percent compared to June 2009. In the first half of the year, salaries grow 4.6 percent, but were down 0.1 percent in the July 2009 to June 2010 period.



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