The evolution of the economy of the state of Rio Grande do Sul has a strong association with the Brazilian economy, since it subject to the guidelines of macroeconomic policy and foreign market. Brazilian GDP presented a similar behavior, going from R$ 1.5 trillion in 2002 to R$ 5.9 trillion in 2015¹ and GDP of Rio Grande do Sul, that was R$ 98.8 billion in 2002, almost tripled in 2015, when it reached the amount of R$ 381.9 billion.
Regarding regional spatial distribution, COREDEs Metropolitano Delta do Jacuí, Vale do Rio dos Sinos and Serra stand out. Together they account for approximately 51.1% of the state GDP.
The greatest part of the municipalities that presented high GDP in 2015 are predominantly industrial and are concentrated in the expanded axis Porto Alegre-Caxias do Sul and in the axis Pelotas-Rio Grande. The ten municipalities that presented the highest GDPs in 2014 were: Porto Alegre, Gravataí, Canoas, Santa Cruz do Sul, Novo Hamburgo, Passo Fundo, Rio Grande, São Leopoldo e Pelotas. Together they were accountable for 42.2% of the Total State GDP.
¹ IBGE, Contas Regionais
Source IBGE/Contas Regionais