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Average Jordanian family spends JD10,250 yearly — DoS

By JT - May 14,2017 - Last updated at May 14,2017

AMMAN — The average annual spending of a family in Jordan is around JD10,250, of which JD3,500 cover foodstuffs, JD450 alcohol and cigarettes and JD6,300 non-food-stuffs commodities and services, according to a Department of Statistics (DoS) statement released Sunday. 

The DoS issued the statement on the occasion of the International Day of Families marked on May 15, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The spending data were calculated based on the latest survey of family spending conducted in 2013, the DoS statement said, adding that there have been later indications of an increase in spending, following a hike in prices and fixed salaries over the past four years. 

The statement referred to the effects of recent economic developments on families and their access to goods and services.

Around 99 per cent of families own a mobile phone, 33 per cent own a personal computer or laptop and 69 per cent  are subscribed to Internet services, the DoS said, citing 2015 statistics. 

The DoS also noted that, as a result of decreasing birth rates over the past two decades, the average family size went from 5.4 members in 2004 to 4.8 members in 2015. The number of families in Jordan increased from 941,500 to 1,950,000 in the period from 2004 to 2015.

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