EFE/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni
Poverty among children up to 14 years old grew in the first half of the year and reached 56.2%, while destitution in the sector of society with that age range was 13.6%, Indec reported this Wednesday. .
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It is part of the analysis carried out by the statistical agency on the general poverty data for the first six months of 2023, which showed an increase in poverty and indigence up to 40.1% and 9.3%, respectively. As each report on the subject usually reflects, boys, girls and adolescents were the portion of society with the highest critical rates.
56.2% of children up to 14 years old do not have the total basic basket covered, which includes food, health, education and clothing. The figure contrasts with the 50.9% that official statistics showed a year ago and with the 54.2% in the second half of 2022.
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For its part, the proportion of boys and girls who do not have the food basket covered reached 13.6 percent in the first part of the year. It also represents an increase of almost one percentage point compared to the same period in 2022 with 12.7 percent. And also compared to the end of 2022, when it had been 12 percent.
To have a complete comparison: 56.2% of children up to 14 years old living in poverty is far above the incidence that this scourge had in the population between 15 and 29 years old (46.8%), between 30 and 64 (35.4%) and among those over 65 years old (13.2%), who in general tend to show lower poverty numbers for having some of their basic needs covered through the pension system retirement
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The general poverty figure (40.1% at the national level) is the highest recorded in the country by Indec since the peak of 42% reached during the severe pandemic crisis in 2020 and experts in social statistics predict that the second half will worsen due to the acceleration of inflation, which this year could reach up to 190% according to some private estimates.
The previous figure was 36.5% in the first half of 2022 and 39.2% for the second half, against 40.6% in 2021 and 42% at the peak of the pandemic in 2022. For its part, the level of Destitution was 8.8% in the first six months of last year and 8.2% in the second half.
Indec reported that “the percentage of households below the poverty line (LP) reached 29.6%; 40.1% of the people reside there. Within this group, 6.8% of households are distinguished below the indigence line (LI), which includes 9.3% of people.”
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