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Almost a third of the population of Latin America will be poor by the end of 2022

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32.1% of the total population of Latin America, which is equivalent to 201 million people, will live in a situation of poverty by the end of this year of which 82 million (13.1%) will be in extreme poverty, reported this Thursday, November 24, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepal).

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“The cascade of external shocks, the slowdown in economic growth, the weak recovery of employment and rising inflation deepen and prolong the social crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean,” said the executive secretary of the institution, José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs.

After a strong growth in poverty and a slight increase in income inequality in 2020, as a result of the pandemic, 2021 reported a reduction in the rates of extreme poverty and poverty and growth in the middle income stratawhich was not enough to fully reverse the negative effects of the health crisis, explains the Social Panorama of Latin America and the Caribbean 2022 report.

The figures imply that an additional 15 million people will be in the poverty with respect to the situation prior to the pandemic and that the number of people in extreme poverty will be 12 million higher than that registered in 2019.

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The incidence of poverty is higher in some groups of the population: more than 45% of the child and adolescent population lives in poverty, and the rate in women between 20 and 59 years of age is higher than in men in all countries. countries in the region. D.Similarly, poverty is considerably higher in the indigenous or Afro-descendant population.

Unemployment projected for 2022 represents a setback of 22 years, and especially affects women, for whom unemployment rose from 9.5% in 2019 to 11.6% in the year in question.

With information from EFE.

Source: Larepublica

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