Suzhou reports 7.8% rise in income of rural residents

May 19, 2017|By Tong Wangyue

Suzhou’s per capita disposable income of rural residents hit 10,935 yuan (US$1,587) in the first quarter of 2017, up 7.8 percent year-on-year. Their per capita living expense increased 10.2 percent to 5,782 yuan, 2.8 percentage points more than that of urban residents.

First-quarter spending on food and housing made up 51.8 percent of all expenses of rural residents, with 1,667 yuan on food, cigarettes and alcohols and 1,330 yuan on housing, up 11.2 percent and 28.8 percent respectively.

Official statistics show that the city’s rural residents spent an average of 257 yuan on health care and 296 yuan on consumer goods and services, up 13.9 percent and 13.2 percent respectively from the same quarter last year.

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