TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded a slight drop in the poverty rate from 9.86 percent to 9.66 percent which translates to 25.67 million people living in poverty compared to the previous statistic of 25.95 percent.
“As of September 2018, the number of residents living under poverty was reduced by 280,000 people compared to March of 2018. This means it has dropped by 910,000 people compared to September 2017,” said BPS’ Suhariyanto at the BPS headquarters on Tuesday, January 15.
Despite the dropping poverty rate, BPS also recorded a high level of disparity between poverty in the city compared to the ones in rural areas. BPS data suggests that poverty in rural areas reached 13.10 percent compared to urban poverty that amounted to 6.89 percent.
The role of food commodities on the poverty rate was higher and reached 73.54 percent compared to non-food commodity along March to September of 2018. The BPS report also sees a positive trend in poverty severity index and poverty depth index.