The number of poor people in Russia decreased by 16 percent

The number of people with incomes below the subsistence minimum in Russia fell in the first quarter of 2012 by 16.6 percent compared to the same period in 2011. This was reported in press release Rosstat. The number of poor was 19.1 million, or 16.1 percent of the total population.

The subsistence minimum for the first three months of 2012 rose by 1.6 percent to 6307 rubles. The minimum for able-bodied citizen is 6827 rubles, pensioner — 4963 rubles, and the child — 6070 rubles.

The average net income per capita in the first quarter amounted to 18.9 thousand rubles, which is exactly 300 percent of the poverty level. A year ago, it was equal to 274 per cent. The average gross pension of about 9.6 thousand.

The total income for a family with two able-bodied citizens, and their two children, allowing to keep on living wage amounts to 25.8 thousand rubles.

The minimum wage in Russia in the first quarter of 4611 amounted to RUR. This is equal to 67.5 percent of the subsistence minimum. Allowance for mothers to care for the first and subsequent children is respectively 38.3 and 76.6 per cent of the cost of living.

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