Survey shows slight increase in poverty

The annual survey of Costa Rican homes established that the number of residents living in poverty is up abut 1.7 percent.

The survey by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos determined that  residents of 318,810 homes were living in poverty. That’s up 32,727  homes since the year before, the agency said.

What was called extreme poverty involved  94,810 home, also an increase from 2013, the agency said.

In terms of people, the survey said that  1,170,634 were living in poverty, about  24.6 percent of the total population.

Some  23.9 percent of those considered living in poverty did not have jobs, according to the report. Of those who are employed but still poor some  72.3 percent are engaged in what was called informal employment.

The survey also showed a slight drop in per capital income and noted that inflation of about 5 percent reduced the buying power of the population.

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