Ru­ral poverty level re­duced to 55.75 mil­lion

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China re­duced ru­ral poverty last year with the num­ber of ru­ral poor fall­ing by 14.42 mil­lion to 55.75 mil­lion, of­fi­cial data showed.

More than 17 mil­lion ur­ban res­i­dents and 49 mil­lion ru­ral peo­ple re­ceived min­i­mum liv­ing al­lowances as of the end of 2015, the Na­tional Bureau of Sta­tis­tics (NBS) said in a state­ment posted on its web­site.

“Dis­par­i­ties be­tween ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas con­tin­ued to nar­row last year. Ur­ban in­comes were 2.73 times higher than ru­ral in­comes, down 2 per­cent­age points from one year ear­lier,” said Xu Xianchun, deputy di­rec­tor of the NBS.

De­duct­ing price fac­tors, the per capita dis­pos­able in­come of ur­ban res­i­dents rose 6.6 per­cent year-on-year in 2015, while that of ru­ral res­i­dents in­creased 7.5 per­cent.

The per capita net in­come of ru­ral res­i­dents stood at 10,772 yuan ($1,657) in 2015, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

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