Credits: edu andradePaulo Guedes celebrated the generation of more than 400 thousand vacancies. “We are definitely on the road to recovery,” he said.
14,495 admissions were registered, against 12,596 dismissals. The contract stock via CLT (Consolidation of Labor Laws) was 436,334 in February this year. According to the analysis ‘Map of Employment in Rio Grande do Norte’ made by the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service in the State (Sebrae / RN), the State was the fifth in the Northeast with the best positive net balance. Bahia (18,993) and Ceará (12,343) occupied the first positions. In the series registered since 2012, only in 2014 was there an increase in the number of vacancies (1,292).
The sectors of services, commerce and civil construction were the ones that generated the most jobs, with 2,519, 969 and 566 vacancies, respectively. In turn, in agriculture and industry there was a deficit of 1,925 and 230 vacancies, according to the ‘Employment Map in Rio Grande do Norte’ made by the Brazilian Service of Support to Micro and Small Enterprises in the State. Of the total admissions, most were in micro-enterprises, those with up to 19 employees. There were 3,879 vacancies, followed by 525 vacancies in small companies.
According to the Sebrae analysis, the five municipalities with the highest generation of vacancies were: Natal (2,212); Parnamirim (709); Macaíba (174) and Caicó (129). The same survey points out the municipalities with the greatest negative balance: Apodi (-509); Arês (-487); Baía Formosa (-439); and Baraúna (-267).
The increase in RN followed the trend of January. The State started 2021 with a record positive balance of 2,247 signed portfolios. In the series from 2012 to 2021, the largest and only positive net balance had been recorded in 2014, when 1,224 jobs were opened. In the remainder of the period, jobs were closed, with a peak in 2013 (-2,428). In January of last year, a pre-pandemic moment, 1,090 vacancies were closed.
Record in the country
Brazil generated 401,639 new jobs in February this year, as a result of 1,694,604 admissions and 1,292,965 job losses with a formal contract. According to the Ministry of Economy, this is the best result for February since the beginning of the historical series, in 1992, that is, in 30 years.
Paulo Guedes sees evidence of the economy in force. “Once again, the strength of the Brazilian economy, the resilience of the Brazilian economy, surprising expectations,” he said, during a virtual press conference to publicize the General Register of Employed and Unemployed (Caged). “There are 400 thousand new jobs, a record for February, which indicates that we are definitely on the right track from the point of view of the recovery of economic activity,” he added.
The month of February, however, does not include the period of intensification of activity restrictions, imposed by several states and municipalities to face the new wave of cases of covid-19. In this sense, for Guedes, the government’s focus now should be the mass vaccination of the population, “mainly of the 40 million Brazilians in the informal market”, which is the most vulnerable group that has been assisted by emergency aid from the federal government.
According to the minister, about 10% of new admissions, 173 thousand vacancies, were in the service sector, which is also the most sensitive for informality. “We need to vaccinate en masse so that the informal Brazilian, the almost 40 million invisible, does not remain in this cruel choice between leaving [para trabalhar] and be slaughtered by the virus or stay at home and be slaughtered by hunger, ”he said.
With the intensification of vaccination starting next month, according to him, the elderly population will be practically all vaccinated, “which means that the death rate should drop precipitously” by covid-19 and, then, “we can think about the safe return to the work, for what impact [na economia] this time it is less profound than it was in April last year ”.
The stock of formal jobs in the country, which is the total number of active employment contracts, reached 40,022,748 jobs in February, which represents a variation of 1.01% in relation to the previous month. In 2021, there was a balance of 659,780 jobs, resulting from 3,269,417 admissions and 2,609,637 dismissals.
Last month, the data showed a positive balance in the level of employment in the five groups of economic activities: services, with the creation of 173,547 jobs, distributed mainly in the information, communication and financial, real estate, professional and administrative activities; general industry, which created 93,621 new jobs, concentrated in the manufacturing industry; commerce, over 68,051 jobs created; construction, a positive balance of 43,469 service stations; and agriculture, livestock, forest production, fishing and aquaculture, which registered 23,055 new workers.
All regions of the country had a positive balance in the generation of employment, with an increase in formal work in 24 of the 27 units of the Federation. The highlights are for São Paulo with the opening of 128,505 service stations, an increase of 1.04%; Minas Gerais, which created 51,939 new vacancies (1.25%); and Paraná, with a positive balance of 41,616 jobs (1.50%).
The states with a negative balance of jobs in February are Amazonas, which had 625 jobs closed, down 0.15%, the first state to suffer from the second wave of the pandemic; Alagoas, with a negative balance of 485 posts, a decrease of 0.14%; and Paraíba, which ended the month minus 136 formal jobs, down 0.03%.
For the national territory as a whole, the average admission salary in February 2021 was R $ 1,727.04. Compared to the previous month, there was a real reduction of R $ 47.53 in the average admission salary, a negative variation of 2.68%. The complete statistics of Caged are available on the Ministry of Economy website. The data can also be consulted in the Novo Caged Information Panel.
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