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Poverty in Jambi slightly decreases: BPS

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi   /   Wed, September 27, 2017   /   07:51 pm
Poverty in Jambi slightly decreases: BPS A wooden hut where families of the Orang Rimba tribe in Batang Hari district, Jambi province, call home, on May 19. (AFP/Goh Chai Hin)

The number of people living below the poverty line in Jambi province decreased 0.38 percent to 290,810 people as of March 2017, compared to September 2016, according to data provided by the Jambi Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

In the same period, however, the percentage of poor people in urban areas increased from 10.73 to 10.94 percent, while in rural areas it decreased from 7.3 to 9.92 percent.

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In urban areas, the number of people living below the poverty line increased to 120,620 people in March from 116,330 people in September last year. In rural areas, however, the number decreased from 174,480 people to 120,620 people in March this year.

“The BPS hopes the government focuses more on poverty alleviation. The village fund program is part of the efforts to eradicate poverty in rural areas, but it depends on the implementation too,” BPS Jambi head Dadang Hardiwan said on Wednesday. (afr/bbs)