The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reported a decrease in the poverty rate in Indonesia in the period March 2022. Based on BPS data, the poverty rate has now reached 9.54%, or 26.16 million people.
Head of BPS Margo Yuwono in a press conference on Friday (15/7/2022) said that there was a decrease of 0.60 points or 1.38 million people compared to March 2021. Meanwhile, compared to September 2021, the decline in the poverty rate reached 0.17 points or 0.34 million people.
Margo said that the poverty reduction could not be separated from the economic recovery that took place last year. It is hoped that this will continue in the future.
“The 2021 economic recovery will have an impact on reducing poverty in March 2022,” he said.
Meanwhile, the poverty line experienced an increase of 3.97% compared to September 2021 to IDR 505,469 in March 2022.
Meanwhile, from the East Java region, the Deputy Governor of East Java (Wagub Jatim), Emil Dardak Friday (15/7) explained the condition of economic growth in East Java for the last 2 years.
“The community’s economy has started to improve. In 2020, the economy is not growing, we have never had the economy not grow. But in 2020, for the first time, like other countries in the world, the economy has contracted,” he explained.
Emil explained that in 2020, economic growth in East Java would contract by 2.3%. minus. As a result, there are no new jobs. Worse yet, many people have lost their jobs.
“To find jobs, growth is needed. In addition, because of the minus, it is not that there are no new jobs, but the existing ones are lost,” he explained.
“It means that those who are already working lose their jobs,” he continued.
In 2021 the economy in East Java will begin to grow. However, the growth rate is relatively small at 3 percent.
“In January-March 2022, East Java grew 5.2%, higher than the national growth of 5.01%,” he explained.
Emil sees that poverty in rural areas is 2 times higher than poverty in urban areas. However, for the last 2 years, the government has been working together to reduce this poverty rate. As a result, the reduction in poverty in East Java shows the largest decline in Indonesia.
“But poverty in this village is a lot, 2 times that of poverty in urban areas. If poverty is 7% in cities, in rural areas it is 14%. But with our collective efforts, based on last year’s last calculation, poverty in East Java fell by 313,000 people. The greatest poverty reduction is in Indonesia,” said Emil.