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Poverty rose to 10.1% of the population in 2023

Poverty rose to 10.1% of the population in 2023
Poverty rose to 10.1% of the population in 2023

The poverty rose to 10.1% of the population last year at the country level, starting from the 9.9% of Uruguayans who were under the poverty line (LP)according to the records of the year 2022.

The data comes from the latest poverty estimation report prepared by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) corresponding to the year 2023.

In addition to individual variation in poverty From one year to the next, an increase is also observed in the total number of households under the LP, which were 6.9% in 2022, and became 7.0% over the course of last year. In turn, the total number of people under the indigence line (LI) fell to 0.2% from 0.3% in 2022, and total households under the LI remained at 0.2%.

In light of the data, it can be stated that out of every 1,000 people, about 101 do not reach the minimum income to cover their basic needs and poverty It reaches almost 348,000 Uruguayans.

At a methodological level, the INE maintains that the margin of error (at 95%) for people under the LP is 0.6 percentage points (pp), and that the variation between both years (0.2 pp) is within of the margin of error, so “it cannot be said that there have been statistically significant changes.”

Montevideo has the highest proportion of poor people in Uruguay

In the incidence by region, in addition to absolute values, Montevideo has the highest proportion of poor people in the Uruguay with 12.8%. The capital is followed by departmental capitals and inland urban localities with more than 5,000 inhabitants, which have 9.1% of Uruguayans under the LP, while inland urban localities with less than 5,000 inhabitants have 8.4%.

In the country as a whole, for urban localities with more than 5,000 inhabitants, poverty reaches 10.8%, while at the national level rural The effective size of the INE sample is insufficient to make accurate estimates.

Divided by age groups, Poverty continues to be concentrated in children and in children under 6 years of age it covers 20.1% of them. Likewise, 18.3% of children between 6 and 12 years old are poor, and 17.9% of minors between 13 and 17 years old are also poor. Between 18 and 64 years of age, poverty is around 8.7%; while in people aged 65 or over it is 2.2%.

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Source: Ambito

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