SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's government says unemployment in Latin America's largest country is rising.
The country's IBGE statistics bureau said Friday that the jobless rate between August and October of last year came in at 9 percent, compared to 8.6 percent in the previous three-month period and 6.6 percent a year earlier.
It is the highest jobless rate since 2012.
Unemployment has been rising as a result of a contracting economy that has led to layoffs in the manufacturing and service sectors.
President Dilma Rousseff said Friday at a breakfast meeting with reporters that her government is determined to lower unemployment rates.
She said: "Unemployment is the government's biggest concern."