Walk around Rio or São Paulo these days, and it’s easy to feel the economic boom Brazil has been enjoying this century. But what region of Latin America’s largest country has done the best?
The Northeast. In the last decade, the traditionally poor Northeastern states have grown four times as fast as the richer areas of the Southeast – by over 40% since 2000.
As this article in today’s Los Angeles Times points out, it used to be that poor migrants from the Northeast made the trip south for jobs in the big cities. Those days are largely over. Now, Brazilians rich and poor are moving to new economic capitals like Recife and Fortaleza and finding very well-paid work there.
Image: Setting up for one more excellent show at Recife’s Carnaval