Poverty Rate Falls to 9.41 Percent: BPS
The number of poor people in Indonesia as of March 2019 is recorded at 25.14 million people, or decreases by 530,000 people compared to that in September last year, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has reported.
It added that compared to the same period last year, the figure drops by 800,000 people.
Poor people make up 9.41% of the total population in March 2019, Head of the BPS Suhariyanto said in a statement in on Monday (15/7).
From September 2018 to March 2019, Suhariyanto added, the number of poor people in urban areas falls by 136,500 people, while in rural areas the number drops by 393,400 people.
Poverty percentage in urban areas drops from 6.89 percent to 6.69 percent, while in rural areas the figure drops from 13.10 percent to 12.85 percent, he added.
Suhariyanto noted that national poverty line in March 2019 is Rp425,250 per capita/month, adding that the number increases by 3.55 percent and 5.99 percent compared to September 2018 and March 2018 respectively. He added that poverty line per household is counted based on minimum money that must be spent by households to meet their needs.
Poverty line per household in March 2019 is Rp1,990,170/month, rising by 4.67 percent compared to that in September last year at Rp1,901,402/month. The BPS also reported that the households spend 73.66 percent of their expenses on food.
Suhariyanto further said that prices of staple food play a great role in determining poverty rate both in urban and rural areas, which is at 20.59 percent and 25.97 percent respectively, adding that rice price is the biggest factor, followed by cigarette price and chicken egg price. (Humas BPS/ES)
Translated by: Galuh Wicaksono
Edited by: Muhardi/Muhammad Ersan Pamungkas