* Brazil’s economy adds 252,617 payroll jobs in September
* Economy adds payroll jobs for 8th straight month
* Increase was largest so far in 2009 (Adds details and quote)
BRASILIA, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Brazil’s economy added payroll jobs for an eight month in September, the latest sign of an economic recovery that is prompting companies to hire workers to meet growing demand for manufactured goods and new homes, government data showed on Wednesday.
Latin America’s largest economy added 252,617 payroll jobs in September, the biggest monthly increase so far in 2009, the labor ministry said. In August, 242,126 payroll positions were added.
Labor Minister Carlos Lupi said October figures should surpass those of September, without giving a specific forecast. Including September’s figures, Brazil’s economy has created 932,651 payroll jobs so far this year.
“The trend is for the industry to keep on growing in the next two months, and the retail sector will also have a good performance because of year-end (business),” Lupi told reporters.
Brazil emerged from a brief recession in the second quarter of this year, becoming one of the first major economies to bounce back from the global crisis.
The industrial sector was the best performer in September, adding 123,318 jobs -- a record for the sector since the series was created in 1992.
Services and commerce also contributed to the overall gains, creating 62,768 and 50,301 jobs respectively. Only two sectors lost jobs last month: utilities and agriculture, the latter due to seasonal factors.
Most of Brazil’s workforce is not registered with the labor ministry and belongs to a vast informal economy. The government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is seeking to increase the number of payroll jobs. (Reporting by Isabel Versiani; Writing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa; Editing by James Dalgleish)
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