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10% of Thais living below poverty line when Covid hit


Around 10 per cent of low-income Thais fell below the poverty threshold in 2019, according to the latest report by the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC).

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The new report measures income before the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged the economy and household finances.

10% of Thais living below poverty line when Covid hit

However, it provides a useful baseline to measure the impact of the pandemic on poorer citizens, with the 2020 survey expected to show a surge in poverty.

The NESDC’s income distribution report for 2019 divides low-income Thais into 10 groups according to their income level. The top group earned an average Bt32,663 a month while the poorest earned only Bt2,049 per month.

 

The NESDC surveys poverty and income distribution every two years.

Published : March 20, 2021

By : THE NATION