|RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov.21,2017-- Racial inequalities persist among Brazilian poor citizens as the majority of the unemployed people in the country are brown or black, official statistics agency IBGE reported on Friday.
According to IBGE, in the third quarter of 2017, 63.7 percent of the 13 million unemployed people in Brazil are black or brown, increased from 61.2 percent in 2012.
Statistics show that racial inequalities exist in the average wages. According to IBGE, white Brazilians earn an average monthly salary of 2,757 reals (835 U.S. dollars), almost three times of the minimum wage, while black and brown citizens earn an average 1,531 reals (464 U.S dollars) every month, roughly one and a half times of the minimum wage.
IBGE also reported that the proportion of black and brown people who are formally employed in Brazil is 71.3 percent, below the national average of 75.3 percent.
IBGE representative Cimar Azeredo said over a quarter of brown and black workers are self-employed with informal work. For example, around 1.2 million out of 1.8 million Brazilians are self-employed as street vendors.