Poverty has decreased by 2.11 percent in Indonesia: BPS

The percentage of the Indonesian population living below the poverty line decreased by 2.11 percent to 28.01 million people as of March, 2016, compared to March 2015, according to data provided by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

The number of people living below the poverty line currently rests at 10.86 percent of the total population, BPS reported.

“In Asian countries, including Indonesia, poverty reduction percentages have not been significant in size since 2012, because only core poverty remains,” said Suryamin, head of the BPS, on Monday

With 14.97 million people or 53.45 percent of the total poor in Indonesia, Java records the largest number of people living below the poverty line.

Poverty has declined in Java, from 15.45 million in March 2015.

Java, the most populated island in Indonesia, is listed as the second wealthiest region in Indonesia in 2016

Kalimantan is the wealthiest region. The number of people living below the poverty line rests at 970,000 people, 6.26 percent of Kalimantan’s total population.

At 22.09 percent, Maluku and Papua report the largest percentage of poor compared to the total population. However, with a population of only 1.54 million people, the number is considered low. The population in the region has increased by 3.35 percent, from 1.49 million people in March 2015.

Source: The Jakarta Post. Date: July 18, 2016