A report from the National Institute of Statistics , published today, has shown that the poverty index in Uruguay fell sharply by five points in 2011. 162,827 people came out of poverty last year.
According to the report, poverty affects 13.7% of the population, a drop from 18.6% in 2010, and the poverty index now stands at 0.6%.
The report stated that the most concentrated area of poverty is in the capital, Montevideo, where half of the country’s population live. The report also noted that poverty is more prominent among children, teenagers and the black population.
The report confirms the trend that poverty has been dropping steadily in Uruguay since 2006.