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Brazil's blacks rising into country's middle class

Friday, September 21, 2012    

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SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil says blacks have made strong gains in rising from poverty into the middle class.

The Presidency's Strategic Affairs Office says in a report released yesterday that 35 million people have joined the ranks of the country's middle class over the past decade, and 28 million of them are black. It defines middle class as families with a per capita monthly income of $146 to $510.

The study says that more than 100 million of Brazil's 192 million people fall into the middle class. That's 53 per cent of the population. Blacks make up 51 per cent of the overall population.

The government says the middle class will continue growing and account for 57 per cent of the population by 2022.

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