Santa Catarina: Enterprising spirit, success in businessSanta Catarina is always remembered for the strength of its industry, but in no way does this mean that its other economic activities are relegated to second place. On the contrary. The services sector employs more people than the industries and the commercial sector has the greatest number of establishments. The State also has over 100 thousand workers performing in other sectors, such as agriculture, cattle-raising, fishing, construction, and electricity, gas and water production and distribution. This activity diversification is another direct consequence of Santa Catarina’s successful decentralized development model.
This diversified basis has established barriers against the instabilities of the national and international economic conjuncture. The State economy increased by 340% over the last three decades, well above the Brazilian average. Santa Catarina’s products are presently used in 190 countries.