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According to Istat, poverty is substantially stable compared to 2009: 11.0% of households are relatively poor and 4.6% are poor in absolute terms. The relative poverty threshold for a family of two components, amounted to 992.46 euro, about 9 euro more than the threshold of 2009 (+1%). The relative poverty increases among families of 5 or more components (from 24.9% to 29.9%), including those with added members (from 18.2% to 23%) and single parents (from 11.8% to 14.1%). The condition of families with added worsened also compared to absolute poverty (from 6.6% to 10.4%). In the South, the incidence of relative poverty increased from 36.7% in 2009 to 47.3% in 2010 among families with three or more minor children. The relative poverty increases among households with reference person self-employed (from 6.2% to 7.8%) or with a medium to high degree (from 4.8% to 5.6%), following the degradation observed in the South (from 14.3% to 19.2% and from 10.7% to 13.9%, respectively), where the most marked increase is noted for self-employed workers (from 18.8 to 23.6%). Among households with reference person with high school or university degree increases also absolute poverty (from 1.7% to 2.1%). Worsens the plight of families of retired from work at least one component has never worked and not job seekers. These are mainly elderly couples with only pension income, whose share increased from 13.7% to 17.1% for the relative poverty and from 3.7% to 6.2% for the absolute. Improves, in the Center, the relative poverty among families with two or more elderly (from 10.5% to 7.1%). Absolute poverty decreases for couples with reference person under 65 years (from 3.0% to 1.9%), following a larger number of couples with two income earners.

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