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Third of Macedonians Living in Poverty

One in three Macedonians was living in poverty in 2011 with ever more young population and families with children joining this group, data from the State Statistical Office show.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic
BIRN
Skopje

Photo by: Sinisa Jakov Marusic

The poverty rate for 2011 year was 30.4 per cent, a slight drop from the 30.9 percent registered in 2010.

But the data show worrying trends. The poverty rate has significantly risen among the younger population and among couples with children.

The percentage of younger people below 39 who were poor rose from 32.1 per cent in 2010 to 40.9 per cent last year.

The percentage of married couples with children in poverty rose from 28.9 per cent in 2010 to 35.1 per cent in 2011.

Tne Macedonian Statistical office uses the definition of poverty accepted by Eurostat.

This means that indicators mainly focus on income, whereby poverty is defined as a condition in which a person is deprived of the essentials for a minimum standard of well-being and life in relation to the average conditions in a country.

According to the data, the most vulnerable social groups remain multi-member households; 48.5 per cent of poor people registered in Macedonia live in households with five or more members.

The data also reveal that 46 per cent of all poor people are unemployed.

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