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22‑11‑2022

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In 2021, 84.0% of the EU population lived in a household whose net income either remained stable (66.5%) or increased (17.5%) compared with 2020. On the contrary, 16.0% of the EU population reported a decrease. 

The share of the population living in a household with a more or less stable income in 2021 compared with the previous year was above 50.0% in all the EU Member States, ranging from 50.7% in Cyprus to 84.0% in Italy. 

 

Bart chart: Change in income compared with the previous year, % of total population, 2021

Source: Eurostat, EU-SILC 2021

 

The share of the population that declared an increase in their household income ranged from 4.9% in Italy to 34.8% in Czechia, while the share that declared a decrease ranged from 5.4% in Romania to 27.6% in Cyprus. 

In 17 of the EU Member States, the share of the population that reported an increase in income was higher than the share that reported a decrease. The difference was more than 10 percentage points (pp) in 8 of these Member States. On the other hand, the share of the population that reported a decrease in income was higher than the share that reported an increase in 9 Member States with the difference being below 10 pp in 8 of these Member States.  

 

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Methodological notes:

  • Germany: data with low reliability.
  • Hungary: data are not available for the time being. As a result, the EU aggregate is estimated.
     

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