INE puts extreme poverty at 6.5% in Venezuela
Preliminary numbers anticipate household poverty at 21.2%
In the meantime, the INE envisages extreme poverty ending at 6.5% in 2012. Last year, it stood at 7%.
The preliminary results stem from the Population and Housing Census, the official added. After January 2013, full data will be available, including additional specifics on structural poverty.
Eljuri pointed to a total population of 28,946,000 inhabitants. "People's growth rate has been declining since 1990, from 2.3% down to 1.5%, that is, people's growth is slower," he explained.
He added that Venezuelans' life expectancy is 75 years of age, on average.
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.