POVERTY in Slovakia has been receding despite the fact that 2012 proved to be a difficult year in economic terms, according to a Europe-wide survey, whose results were presented by the Statistics Office on July 11.

“Slovakia continues to rank among countries with the biggest social gaps,” said Statistics Office head Ľudmila Benkovičová, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Back in 2012, 12.8 percent of the people of Slovakia, that is 695,000 individuals, were at risk of poverty. However, when compared to the year before, a drop of 22,000 people, or 0.4 percent, was observed.”

The threshold for the risk of poverty was set at an annual income of €4,042 per person per year. The threat of poverty in Slovakia is most marked for unemployed people (43.8 percent), single-parent households with children (30.1 percent) and families with three or more children (29.9 percent).

The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) was conducted in Slovakia for the ninth time. The Statistics Office carried out the survey in 6,000 households across Slovakia between April and May 2013, with the data applying to 2012.

Source: TASR

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