The Monthly Employment Survey - PME was discontinued in March 2016 with the release of the results of February 2016.
Available in six Metropolitan Areas (Recife, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre), its indicators were replaced by those of the Continuous National Household Sample Survey - Continuous PNAD, which encompasses the whole country. As a result, the IBGE meets the demand for countrywide short-term information on the labor force.
Along 36 years, the PME became one of the main sources to follow up the short-term situation of the labor market. Its figures allowed the permanent assessment of movements and trends of the labor force within its geographic coverage. The discontinuation of the PME and the replacement of its indicators by the wider ones of the Continuous PNAD reaffirms the commitment of the IBGE with the improvement of the statistics produced in the Institution.
Historical information of the PME can be found here:
http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/estatistica/indicadores/trabalhoerendimento/pme/default.shtm (previous methodology)
http://www.ibge.gov.br/english/estatistica/indicadores/trabalhoerendimento/pme_nova/default.shtm (methodology in force up to February 2016)