Costa Rica: July 2015 National Household Survey

Income from self-employment has improved in rural areas, while urban households purchasing power fell by 1.2% in June 2015.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Although the unemployment rate in Costa Rica was close to 10% in October 2015, the income from self-employment has consolidated becoming the second largest source in the country: it increased by 22.7% in June 2015 compared to same month in 2014 in rural areas and 16.1% in urban areas, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census.

Even wage income in rural areas lost ground, falling by 2.2%, while earnings for self-employment grew by 2.9%. In urban areas, the opposite was true: there was an increase in the percentage share of wages and independent income decreased.

The INEC classified as independent income a monthly amount received by employers or the self-employed, either as a reward for their work or proportional concept of profit or net income as well as income from self supply of the goods they produced or sold.

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