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Jakarta Post

Jakarta poverty rate drops to third-lowest level since ‘reformasi’

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 7, 2020   /  06:17 am
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A slum in Kampung Teluk Gong in Penjaringan district, North Jakarta, on Nov. 21, 2019. The dwelling belongs to a scavenger-cum-wholesaler of plastic cups.(JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)

Jakarta's poverty rate -- the ratio between the number of poor people and the total population -- was recorded at 3.42 percent in September last year, the third lowest since widespread reforms were introduced in 1998. The lowest rate of 3.14 percent was recorded in 2001, while the second of 3.18 percent was recorded in 2004, according to a data released on Jan. 15 by Statistics Indonesia’s (BPS) Jakarta office. BPS Jakarta head Buyung Airlangga said poverty in the city was complex because the breadwinner in a poor family had to provide for nearly six family members. A 2018 Susenas survey by Statistics Indonesia found that a poor family consisted of at least five members and its affluent counterpart consisted of at least three members. "Therefore, the fact that the Jakarta administration managed to lower the poverty rate was worth noting given the complexity of the pr...