Average wage in Dominican Republic ‘not even enough to eat’
Santo Domingo.- A Dominican’s average wage is not even enough just to eat.
The citizens’ oft-repeated phrase results from the monthly salary that covers barely half (53%) of the co-called family shopping basket made up of 305regularly consumed goods and services which account for 90% of what Dominican households consume. Added to that are the costs in food, transport, housing, health, education, telecommunications and others.
Central Bank data set the cost of the average family basket at RD$26,855.21 in 2013, but a worker’s income was just RD$14,279, according to the national labor force survey (ENFT).
If inflation’s impact during 2013 is subtracted from that RD$14,279 salary, a worker’s real wage ended up being just RD$12,441, an automatic loss of 1,838 pesos.
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