Although poverty has fallen across Germany it has increased in certain regions, the income gap appears to be surging.

According to the Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband poverty report published on Thursday, Bavaria has the lowest poverty rate with 11.7% and Bremen the highest with 22.7%. Poverty in Germany is defined as 60% of the average national income.

The divide is no longer between east and west but between regions dependent on traditional sectors, like coal, and more dynamic manufacturing economies. The region with the highest concentration of poverty pockets is North Rhine-Westphalia, with a poverty rate of 21.1%.

The report urges the government to boost welfare benefits and a hike in the minimum wage to €13 per hour.