Employment boost for Brazilian shoe sector
The number of shoemaking jobs in Brazil is growing.
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Brazil’s footwear industry body Abicalçados has announced that shoemakers around the country created almost 18,000 new jobs during the first quarter of 2022. This increase is said to take the total number of personnel working in Brazil’s footwear manufacturing industry at the end of March to 284,000 – which represents a rise of 11.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2021.
More than 6,000 of these new posts were created in Rio Grande do Sul, where almost 30 per cent of Brazil’s shoe producers are located. Employment figures in Bahia, Ceara and São Paulo also increased.
According to Abicalçados executive president Haroldo Ferreira, this jobs growth is a positive indication of industry activity picking up, especially among producers of shoes for export markets. First quarter revenue from Brazilian footwear exports was reportedly more than USD 320 million (GBP 257 million) – a year-on-year increase of 65 per cent.
This article was originally published on page 4 of the May 2022 issue of SATRA Bulletin.