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Poverty down 10.5 points over last five years

According to the National Statistics Office (ONE) the index of general poverty fell from 41% in 2012 to 30.5% in 2016, a reduction of 10.5 points over the last five years. Alexandra Izquierdo, the director of ONE, said that in the case of extreme poverty, this too fell from 10.5% in 2012 to 6.5% in 2016.

She told reporters from the Diario Libre: “In absolute terms, the previous numbers translate to 3,213,740 persons who were found to be living in conditions of poverty in 2016, a reduction of 900,354 persons from the 2012 numbers of 4,114,093 poor.”

Added to these numbers relating to poverty levels, the ONE director also noted that over the last five years an average of 5.7 million persons have entered the country through the different airports and that this year, 2017, the first half year showed numbers above 3.5 million persons visiting the country. A recent ONE statistical report shows the tourism income increase from US$4.7 billion in 2012 to US$6.7 billion in 2016 and that hotel occupancy rates have increased from 70.3% in 2012 to 78% in 2016.

Izquierdo also noted the growth of the population affiliated to the Family Health Insurance, which has grown from 4.9 million in 2012 to 6.9 million in 2016, of which 48.2% is subsidized and 51.8% belong to the system of salary deductions.

An interesting set of figures from this latest report from the National Statistical Office is the fact that the latest survey of homes (2015) revealed that women represent 59.6% of the population of 15 years or older and 63.6% of the total number who achieve a college education or higher.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Aug 18, 2017

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