30 de agosto de 2016 14:39 PM
Actualizado el 30 de agosto de 2016 14:57 PM
Planning Minister Ricardo Menéndez claimed that overall poverty in Venezuela ended at 18.3% in the first half of 2016, in other words, a 1.3% drop from the previous six-month term in 2015, when it hit 19.6%.
During the announcement of social program “Miseria 0” (Poverty 0) made by the Executive Office, the minister said extreme poverty due to unmet basic needs “recorded again an important cutback” as it fell from 4.8% to 4.4%.
The official further ratified that the country’s unemployment rate records “steady values” ranging 6-7 percentage points. In his view, this is “the lowest unemployment rate in the last 20 years.”
Additionally, he noted that formal employment ended at 63% in January-June this year.