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Poverty level in Kazakhstan rose amid "coronacrisis" - research

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Against the background of the "coronacrisis", the poverty level in Kazakhstan has noticeably grown and the share of the population with incomes below the subsistence level rose to 5.7%, Kazpravda.kz refers to Finprom.kz reporting.

The worst indicators were recorded in Turkestan, North Kazakhstan and Zhambyl regions.

"In the second quarter of this year, the share of the country's population with incomes below the subsistence level rose to 5.7% (a year earlier - 4.3%), which is the worst indicator since 2011. This happened against the background of economic activity drop in the country, as well as general negative consequences of the "coronacrisis", - the message says.

It will be recalled that in Q2 of 2020, the cost of living in Kazakhstan on average per capita stands at 32.6 thousand tenge.

In total, the population with incomes below the subsistence level is 1.1 million. There is still a noticeable difference in indicators in urban and rural areas. So, in the reporting period, in rural areas Kazakhstanis with incomes below the subsistence minimum made 7.8%, in urban areas - 4.2% (3.6 percentage points less).

An increase in the share of the population with incomes below the subsistence level is observed in almost all regions of the country. The highest poverty level in Q2 of this year was recorded in Turkestan (12.8%), North Kazakhstan (7.4%), Zhambyl (6.9%), Kyzylorda (6.9%) and Akmola (6.7 %) regions.

In total, in these five regions the population with incomes below subsistence minimum made 481.8 thousand.

The lowest poverty level was recorded in the capital (1.4%), as well as in Karaganda (2.4%) and Atyrau regions (3.1%).

Note: in two other cities of republican scale, the poverty level of the population exceeds the national average: in Almaty, the share of the population with incomes below the subsistence level is 6.2% (a year earlier - 2.6%), in Shymkent - 6.4% (a year earlier - 3.1%).

Author:
Ekaterina Eliseeva
14:09, 25 September 2020
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