The National Statistics Institute has released today figures for the second trimester regarding income and expenses of Romanian households. According to the official data, the total median household income was RON 2408 or EUR 558, while the individual income was RON 835, or EUR 193.

In the second trimester of 2011, the total median income of a household in the urban area was 27.2 percent higher than the rural areas.

In the urban area, 62.3 percent of the income came from wages, versus 60.6 in the first trimester, 25.5 percent originated from social services, which is a 0.5 percent decrease from the first trimester values, while income in kind contributed by 8.1 percent to the total income, decreasing by 1.1 from the first trimester.

In the rural area, the main income source was the agricultural production, with 40.9 percent. Income from social services stood at 24.9 percent while wages contributed by 25.7 percent.

The total median expenses for Romanian households reached RON or EUR 500 and RON 749 or EUR 173 for individuals, representing 89.7 percent of the total income.

Most of the expenses went into consumption (70.3 percent), while 16.2 percent was reserved for taxes and contributions.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages accounted for 43.3 of the household consumption, increasing by 1.3 percent compared to the first trimester. Expenses for utilities represented 15.3 percent of the total expenses. However, expenses for hotels, cafés and restaurants reached 1.3 percent while the education area added 0.7 percent.

Ovidiu Posirca