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Argentine government reiterates commitment to fight against poverty

Argentine government reiterates commitment to fight against poverty

Buenos Aires, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) Presidential spokesperson, Gabriela Cerruti, reiterated today the Argentine government's commitment to the fight against poverty and the improvement of living conditions of all citizens.

In a press conference, the spokeswoman assured that the country’s leadership is promoting policies and measures to fight this scourge and increase the population’s purchasing power.

The day before, the National Institute of Statistics and Census reported that, during the first semester of 2022, the poverty index stood at 36.5 percent, 4.1 points less than in the same period of 2021.

Meanwhile, indigence rate reached 8.8, 1.9 points lower than in the first half of 2021, but 0.6 points higher than in the second half of last year.

These data could be encouraging in the sense that we have had three consecutive semesters of poverty reduction and we are getting closer to the numbers before the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, these are very high percentages and we are not satisfied, said Cerruti.

We have to speed up the path to reduce them.

The increase in food prices has a high impact on indigence, which, within the general inflation, is what has the greatest impact on families.

For this reason, we maintain the Government’s commitment and the permanent work to increase salaries and jobs, he added.

On the other hand, he pointed out that the latest reports show a decrease in unemployment to less than 7.0 percent and in some provinces this problem has almost been eliminated.

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