The economic activities most linked to family consumption were responsible for the positive balance in the creation of jobs in Santa Catarina in 2023. There were 62.7 thousand new vacancies created last year in the state, of which 46.3 thousand were in the segment services. Commerce generated 11,800 jobs and industry created 3,800 jobs.
Analysis by the FIESC Observatory shows that the positive balance in the industry is a reflection of the 6 thousand jobs created by the construction sector, as the manufacturing industry ended the year with a negative balance of 1.2 thousand vacancies. It is the second consecutive year that construction has contributed positively to industry figures, following the improvement in family spending.
“Santa Catarina’s manufacturing industry suffered from job losses in sectors that traditionally employ a lot and are important for the state, such as textiles and furniture. These segments have faced sectoral challenges that end up impacting the entire state”, highlighted the president of the Federation of Industries of Santa Catarina (Fiesc), Mario Cezar de Aguiar.
The clothing sector ended 2023 with the closure of 7,800 vacancies, a reflection of increased competition from imported goods and the still high prices of domestic products. The wood and furniture sector had a negative balance of 2,100 jobs, given the decline in exports to the United States, its main foreign market.
Consumption on the rise
The stabilization of food prices and the increase in family consumption contributed to the creation of 3,500 jobs in the food sector, of which 2,000 new jobs were created in slaughtering and meat processing. Still reflecting the increase in family spending, the chemical and plastics industries, which generated 2,800 jobs.
For economist Mariana Guedes, from the FIESC Observatory, the reduction in the costs of construction materials, especially hydraulic and electrical installations, ended up being reflected in other activities, such as the manufacture of electrical conductors and tubes and accessories made of plastic materials. Vacancies created by the electrical equipment sectors, for example, totaled 1,300 in 2023.
The country created 1.48 million jobs in 2023, a drop of 26.3% compared to the previous year