TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded that the Gini ratio had declined in September 2018 to 0.384. This ratio is one of the indicators of the expenditure gap among Indonesians.
"The figure decreased by 0.005 points compared to the Gini ratio in March 2018, which was 0.389 points," BPS chief Suhariyanto said in Jakarta, Tuesday, January 15.
On a year-on-year basis, the Gini ratio is down 0.007 points from September 2017. Although not much, the Gini ratio has continued to decline since September 2014.
The BPS also noted that as per September 2018, the spending percentage among people who are within the lowest 40 percent group was 17.47 percent. This was an increase from March 2018's 17.29 percent and from September 2017's 17.22 percent.
"This shows that, nationwide, the income gap has improved," Suhariyadi said.