Project description

This feature offers a comprehensive overview of the job and labor situation in Brazil’s recent years, detailing how employment categories and data are organized and collected, how these numbers affect public policy and the variety of situations in which workers in Brazil find themselves. This is achieved through official nation-wide historic data, diagrams, GIFs, interactive charts and original reporting.

What makes this project innovative?

Employment data is regularly reported on brazilian press, but how it works and what are its consequences is rarely thoroughly explained in mainstream media. To accomplish these tasks in a straightforward didactic manner, with the use of charts, diagrams, GIFs and interactive is an innovative approach in the local scenario.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

Weeks after the publication of this feature, brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro made remarks publicly questioning IBGE's employment methodology, accusing it of being misleading and exaggerating the unemployment numbers. As a response, charts from this feature were widely shared by social media users as a rebuttal of these claims.

Source and methodology

The main source of the data used in the feature is the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), mainly it’s sample based quarterly survey PNAD (Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicílios). The team used the data from this source as the starting point for the reporting.

Technologies Used

Data was entirely processed using Microsoft Excel. Adobe Illustrator was used for static content, such as charts and layout design. GIFs and animated charts were made in Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. Interactive charts were made using JavaScript.

Project members

José Roberto Castro - journalist; Rodolfo Almeida - data designer; Ibrahim Cesar - developer; Acauã Faria - developer

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