This Wednesday afternoon, the Indec (National Institute of Statistics and Censuses) published the poverty report for the second half of 2021. It revealed that 27.9% of households live in economic conditions below those of the poverty line.

This figure represents 37.3% of people in Argentina. In concrete numbers, it translates into 2,633,905 households, which include 10,806,414 people. Within this set, 578,282 households are below the indigence line, which represents 2,384,106 indigent people.

The report shows that of this total number of people in a situation of poverty, 51.4% are boys under 15 years of age; 44.2% are people from 15 to 29; 32.6% are subjects from 30 to 64; and 13% are over 65 years old.

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According to the state agency, “With respect to the first half of 2021, the incidence of poverty registered a reduction of 3.3
percentage points (pp) in both households and individuals. In the case of indigence, it showed a decrease of 2.1 pp in households and 2.5 pp in individuals”.

Regarding the regions with the poorest, Cuyo was the only one that showed an increase in its indices: it exceeded 40% and increased +1.2 pp compared to the previous semester.

In Córdoba, poverty at the end of 2021 reached 40.4% and indigence 7.5%, which also represents a decrease in these rates -in the first semester, the data was 46.6% and 10.8% respectively-.

For its part, the GBA reached 37.3% and was the region with the greatest year-on-year reduction in poverty (7.0 pp year-on-year; 1.9 pp per semester), with the GBA parties reducing their poverty rate to 42.3 % of the population (-3 pp per semester) and CABA increasing it to 16.4% (+2.5 pp per semester).

The lowest poverty rates were found in the Pampean regions, where it was 35.3%, and Patagonian, where it was 31.5%.

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