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450,500 people at risk of poverty in Macedonia

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In Macedonia, 21.8% (i.e. 450,500 citizens) are poverty-stricken, show 2016 data of the State Statistical Office. Of those, 9% are in the workforce, while 7.1% are retired persons.

According to the statistical data, the at-risk-of-poverty rate rose by 0.3% compared to 2015, when 445,200 people (21.5%) were at risk of poverty. In 2014, the at-risk-of-poverty rate was 22.1%, i.e. 457,200 people.

The Gini coefficient, measure of income distribution inequality, was 33.6%.

Analysed by household types, the at-risk-of-poverty rate in households of two adults with two dependent children in 2016 was 21.2%. The highest at-risk-of-poverty rate was detected in households with three or more dependent children. The lowest was recorded in single households of one member over 65.

In 2016, 22.2% of men were at risk of poverty, i.e. 21.5% of women.

The source for poverty calculations is incomes, and the poverty threshold is defined at 60% of median equivalised income.