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Costa Rica’s household income falls 12% in 2020.

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At the national level, the average income per household is ₡ 891,934 per month, which represents a variation of -12.2% with respect to the previous year when it stood at ₡ 1,016,358.

In per capita terms, income is estimated at ₡ 326 483 per month, which represents a decrease of 13.2% compared to the 2019 estimate when it was located at ₡ 376 333. At the national level, the average income per salary decreases, It goes from ₡ 650 004 in 2019 to ₡ 560 143 in 2020, which is equivalent to a decrease of 13.8%, for its part, the autonomous income goes from ₡ 165 958 in 2019 to ₡ 107 325 in 2020, which represents a variation of -35.3%.

The average income from state subsidies and scholarships presented a statistically significant increase of 153.0% compared to the estimate of the previous year, going from ₡ 18,473 in 2019 to ₡ 46,733 in 2020. The growth observed in state subsidies and scholarships is mainly explained by the implementation of the Proteger Plan, whose purpose is to mitigate the economic problems generated by the health emergency through the delivery of the Proteger Bonus to those people who were affected in their employment condition.

The source of income other transfers increased significantly this year, going from ₡ 126,790 per household in 2019 to ₡ 136,939 in 2020, which is equivalent to a variation of 8.0%. This source of income also includes transfers received by households to mitigate the national emergency but that come from other non-state entities, in this case they correspond to 3.2% of the total of this source of income.

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