Indonesia’s poor population totals 26.36 million, majority in Java

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Jakarta, IO – Statistics Indonesia (BPS) noted that the number of poor people in Indonesia has increased in the period of March-September 2022 to 26.36 million people (9.57 percent of the total population). The September figure was up 0.03 percent compared to March, reported CNBC Indonesia, Tuesday (17/1).

BPS head Margo Yuwono said the majority of the poor is concentrated on Java and Sumatra. In Java, the figure has reached 13.94 million people as of September 2022, mostly in East (4.24 million) and West (4.05 million) Java.

The poorest population in Java mostly reside in urban areas (8.03 million people) compared to rural areas (5.91 million).

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Meanwhile, Sumatra has 5.76 million poor people, mostly concentrated in North Sumatra (1.26 million), South Sumatra (1.05 million) and Lampung (995,000). (un)