Regional Economy

By 2002 , the economically active population was 23.07.
According to the activity, 78.00 % of the EAP is engaged in agriculture, the data relate to the percentage of the population living in rural areas corresponding to 86 % of the population, meaning that the rural population is engaged in agriculture.

Poverty & Malnutrition

The town of Purulhá has a percentage of 35.67 % of extreme poverty (figure that contrasts with 71% in extreme poverty in rural areas) and high chronic malnourishment of 68.7 %, with an HDI of 0.512 (Map of the National Institute of Statistics and the World Bank/2013).