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PME - Monthly Employment Survey


The Monthly Employment Survey - PME was discontinued in March 2016 with the release of the results of February 2016. It covered six Metropolitan Areas (Recife, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre), and its basic topic was labor, coupled with educational and demographic characteristics, having the household as it investigation unit. The PME was replaced with the methodologically updated Continuous National Household Sample Survey - Continuous PNAD, covering the whole country. As a result, the IBGE met its users' demand for countrywide short-term information on the labor force.

The PME was initiated in 1980, undergoing a complete revision in 1982 and two partial ones, in 1988 and 1993, through which adjustments were made only to the sampling plan. In 2001, it went through a broad process of methodological review, aiming not only at broadening the labor characteristics and forms of insertion of the employed population in the labor market, but also at updating the thematic coverage of the survey and its adequacy to the recommendations of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Along its 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.