Poverty in Uruguay was 9.9% in 2022 and improved less than one percentage point compared to 2021

Poverty closed 2022 at 9.9% and showed a year-on-year improvement of less than one percentage point compared to 2021 when it had been 10.6%, as reported on Monday by the Statistics National Institute (INE). Thus, it maintains a downward trend since 2020.

The value taken by the proportion of poor people for the year 2022 implies that for every 1,000 people, 99 do not exceed the minimum income to cover basic food needs and non-food considered by this methodology.

The incidence of poverty presented a heterogeneous distribution at the national level. The highest percentages were registered in Cerro Largo, Rivera, Montevideo and Thirty Three. At the opposite level, the lowest were found in Flores, San José and Colonia.

CPA economist Ferrere Nicolás Cichevski said on his Twitter account that except for the pre-pandemic years (2020/2021), poverty has remained relatively stagnant at around 8% and 10% since 2014.

In the breakdown by age groups, poverty, measured annually, increased in the range of children up to 6 years of age. In 2022 it stood at 19.7% compared to 18.6% in 2021.

Between 6 and 12 years the figure improved and closed at 18% compared to 19.4%. Between 13 and 17 years old, poverty in 2022 was 16.2% and improved compared to a year ago when it had been 18.8%. In the 18 to 64 age group it was 8.7% against 9.3% in 2021 and in the 65 year old it had a minimal correction of 0.1 percentage points.

Regarding indigence, the report stated that the total number of people below the indigence line was 0.3% staying at the same level as a year ago.

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