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Statistical news from Statistics Sweden

2014-02-20 9:30 AM Nr 2014:39

Income distribution 2012:

Better times for households

The economic standard for households has increased by 42 percent during the 2000s. This rise is considerably higher for those who are gainfully employed. The percentage of people with a low economic standard, which has increased for many years in a row, dropped in 2012.

The economic standard for households has increased every year during the 2000s. The median value in the population in 2012 was 42 percent higher than in 1999. The increase between 2006 and 2012 was 16 percent.

All groups have not had as great an increase. The economic standard for gainfully employed persons increased by 45 percent between 1999 and 2012. The increase for those who were not gainfully employed was 9 percent. During the period 2006-2012, the increase for gainfully employed persons was 17 percent, while the economic standard for those who were not gainfully employed dropped by 5 percent. In 2012 the economic standard for those not gainfully employed was 56 percent of those who were gainfully employed. In 1999 the corresponding figure was 75 percent.

The percentage of the population with the lowest economic standard increased from 8.4 percent in 1999 to 14.4 percent in 2011. However, the percentage dropped to 13.8 percent in 2012. The calculations are based on sample surveys and the change between 2011 and 2012 is not statistically significant. However, the higher percentage in 2012 compared to 1999 is statistically significant.

Percentage of population with low economic standard

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Definitions and explanations

Disposable income is the sum of all taxable and tax free income minus taxes and negative transfers.

Economic standard is the disposable income adjusted with consideration to the dependency burden of households.

Low economic standard implies that the disposable income of households, adjusted with consideration to the dependency burden, is lower than 60 percent of the median value in the population. In 2012 the median value was SEK 213 700.

Persons who are not gainfully employed include students and persons who have a total income of pension, sickness benefit and labour market support that is larger than half of the total income from gainful employment.


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