Egypt’s poverty rate jumped to 26.3 percent in 2013 compared to 16.7 percent in 2000, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAMPAS) said in an official statement Friday night.
Statistics show that the economic turmoil following the January 25 Revolution in 2011 had little effect on poverty rates.
Poverty is reportedly highest in Upper Egypt’s countryside, reaching 49.4 percent, with border governorates having the second highest, at 46.6 percent.
The Upper Egyptian governorate of Assiut has the highest poverty rate of 60 percent, Qena 58 percent, 55 in Sohag, 47 in Luxor, and 39 in Aswan, while in Cairo poverty rates reached 18 percent and 12 percent in the coastal city of Alexandria.
Poverty rates among the illiterate were found to be at 37 percent, 30 percent among those who hardly read and write, and nine percent among those who hold a university degree.
60 percent of those who live under the poverty line work in the informal economy; 27.3 percent of them in the private sector and 12.7 percent in the governmental sector.
CAPMAS also reported that 67 percent of those who live under the poverty line live in families with more than ten members.