Productivity in Brazilian manufacturing

The quarterly publication Productivity in Brazilian manufacturing aims to track the evolution of Brazil’s industry competitiveness compared to its main trading partners, focusing on the labor productivity indicator, which is a determinant indicator of competitiveness. It presents the indicator of labor productivity in Brazilian manufacturing industry and, once a year, the effective relative labor productivity indicator, including the labor productivity of Brazil’s main trading partners.


Productivity declines in the first quarter of 2021

In the first quarter of 2021, the seasonally adjusted labor productivity in Brazilian manufacturing – measured as volume produced divided by the number of hours worked in production – registered a decline of 2.5% relative to the last quarter of 2020. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the indicator evolution has been influenced primarily by cyclical conditions rather than by lasting changes such as higher labor qualification or technological innovations


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