The number of people living in long-term poverty increased by 7% in 2016, according to official statistics agency CBS.
The latest figures show not everybody is sharing in the economic boom which has seen GDP grow by around 2.3% for the last three years. Around 224,000 households accounting for 3.3% of the total population are in long-term poverty, defined as having a monthly income of €1,030 for a single person and €1,940 for a couple with two children for at least four years.
In total 8.2% of households were living below the poverty line in 2016, including 292,000 children. Of these 117,000 children were in households in long-term poverty.
Work was the main source of income for a quarter of poor households, while in 60% of households with children in long-term poverty one or both parents was dependent on state welfare support.
The city of Groningen had the highest concentration of long-term poor households (7.3%), but overall poverty was higher in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, where the proportion was 15.3%. Rozendaal in Gelderland had the fewest poor households, accounting for just 2.9% of the total.
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