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Brazil to Extend Emergency Aid to Poorest as Unemployment Rises

Workers move crates of fresh food at the CEASA market and distribution center in Rio de Janeiro.
Workers move crates of fresh food at the CEASA market and distribution center in Rio de Janeiro.Photographer: Leonardo Carrato/Bloomberg

Brazil’s government will announce today the extension of an aid to informal workers for a few more months, seen as crucial to poorest people amid pandemic impacts on the economy. Country’s unemployment rose in May to 12.9% from 12.6% in April, according to the national statistic agency.

Primary deficit hit 131.4 billion reais in May from a deficit of 94.3 billion reais in previous month, the central bank said.