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Number of people in poverty by age in 2019-20, and change in poverty

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The largest group living in poverty are people of working age (1,535,000 out of a total of 3,320,000 people in poverty) as that is the largest age cohort in the overall population.
761,000 children and 419,000 young people (15-24 years) are living in poverty.
Among people aged 25 to 64 years, the poverty rate is below-average (1,535,000 people), reflecting the higher earnings of this age cohort.
Poverty declined significantly for all age groups except older people when COVID incomes supports were introduced in the last quarter of 2019-20.

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