Extreme poverty up in Brazil after falling for a decade

EFE – Fox News Latino, 11/05/2014

The number of Brazilians living in extreme poverty grew from 10.08 million in 2012 to 10.45 million in 2013, the first increase after 10 consecutive years of reductions, the government said Wednesday.

Even with the uptick in 2013, the total number of indigent people is less than half what it was in 2003. Total population in Brazil climbed from 198.66 million in 2012 to 201.93 million in 2013, a 1.2 percent increase. The 3.7 percent increase in the number of destitute people was reported by the official Institute of Applied Economic Research, known by the Portuguese initials IPEA, drawing on data from an ambitious household survey.

The data was posted on the IPEA Web site without comment after the agency received criticism for not releasing the figures earlier, as scheduled, before the Oct. 26 runoff vote that gave President Dilma Rousseff a second term.

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