BPS reports 1 million drop in poor population

Padangekspres.net-The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reported Friday a 1 million drop year-on-year in the number of poor people in Indonesia, from 31.02 million people in March last year to 30.02 million people as of March 2011.

BPS head Rusman Heriawan said the figure meant Indonesia had reduced the number of its poor by 0.84 percent between March 2010 and March 2011.

While in March last year the poor constituted 13.33 percent of the total Indonesian population, in March this year the percentage had slid to 12.9 percent, Rusman told a press conference at his office in Jakarta.

The drop in the number of the poor was attributable mostly to the drop of the poor population in rural areas, from 19.93 million people to 18.97 million people, or by 950,000 people.

The urban poor population, meanwhile, only dropped by 50,000 people, from 11.1 million to 11.05 million, tempointeraktif.com reported.

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