Jordan poverty rate one of lowest in region: DoS

Jordan’s poverty rate is among the lowest in the Arab world, standing at 15.7% in 2017

  
A general view shows the city of Amman during a heavy snowstorm February 20, 2015. Image used for illustrative purpose.

A general view shows the city of Amman during a heavy snowstorm February 20, 2015. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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AMMAN — Jordan’s poverty rate is among the lowest in the Arab world, standing at 15.7 per cent in 2017, according to the most recent statistics available, Director General of the Department of Statistics (DoS) Qasim Zu’bi said on Saturday.

Zu’bi told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that international reports and standards, which usually rely on the department’s figures, show that living conditions in the Kingdom are “still far from extreme poverty”, with the number of extremely poor individuals in Jordan remaining under 8,000.

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