Istat disseminates the relative and absolute poverty estimations for the households residing in Italy, based on 2009 Households Budget Survey data. Being sample estimations, they are affected by sampling error: small differences can be not statistically significant.
In 2009 the relative poverty incidence was equal to 10.8%, whereas the absolute poverty to 4.7%. Taking into account the sampling error, the phenomenon was stable in comparison with 2008.
The South and the Islands confirmed the incidence levels reached in 2008 (22.7% for relative poverty, 7.7% for absolute poverty) and it showed an increase for the absolute poverty intensity (from 17.3% to 18.8%): the number of absolutely poor households stays almost the same, but their average conditions worsened.
The poverty incidence increased, from 2008 to 2009, among the households with a worker as reference person, both in relative (in the Centre from 7.9% to 11.3%) and in absolute terms (at the national level from 5.9% to 6.9%).
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