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Press release dated 26/07/2010


The average personal income for women was €11,857 compared to €23,224 for men in the Basque Country

These figures, together with other social and economic data, are available in the “2010 Basque Statistics Yearbook”, published by Eustat

The “2010 Basque Statistics Yearbook” is a Eustat publication, which seeks to disseminate the most important statistical data available regarding the economic, social, cultural, political, etc., spheres of the Basque Country in 2010. Data are also shown for each of the Basque Provinces and are compared with the leading European Union countries in many cases.

Some interesting figures referring to economic aspects in the yearbook show that the average personal income in the Basque Country stood at €17,362, with men earning an average of €23,224 and women €11,857. By provinces, Gipuzkoa with 17,488 euros was ahead of Bizkaia (€17,332) and Álava (€17,190) in terms of average personal income.

One of the many subjects covered in the book refers to the activity and unemployment rates with data for the Community and the three provinces. Thus, the activity and unemployment rates for 2009 stood at 55.6% and 8.1%, respectively. By province, Álava has the highest activity rate at 58.7%, followed by Gipuzkoa with 56.3% and, finally, Bizkaia with 54.2%.

Eleven thousand two hundred and sixty of the total number of people employed (250,292) in the industrial sector were working in high technology industries, 65,719 in upper-middle tech companies, 117,760 in lower-middle tech and 50,691 low technology industries.

The information society, both in terms of families and companies, is exhaustively covered in the "Basque Yearbook, 2010". We can learn that 60% of Basque families had a computer at home in 2009 and 89% had a mobile phone. In that same year, 76% of companies had a PC, 69.6% had access to the Internet and 79.8% had mobile phones.

Other economic indicators in the Yearbook highlight, for example, that spending on R&D in the Basque Country was 1.85% of the GDP, above the average of 1.35% for Spain and equal to the average for EU countries.

The chapter covering Education points out that 195,790 out of the total 359,203 pupils registered in the 2009-2010 academic year studied in model D, 75,787 in model B and 85,614 in model A.

The Basque language and culture is another of the sections in the book, which includes the evolution of the population classified according to the overall level of Basque language, sex, mother tongue, etc.

With regard to the chapter dedicated to the population, it is noteworthy that the birth rate in the Basque Country is 9.9 births per 1,000 inhabitants, while it is 11.4 for the Spanish State. By provinces, Gipuzkoa has the highest rate (10.4), followed by Álava (10.2) and Bizkaia (9.4).

The “Basque Statistics Yearbook 2010” also covers the statistical reality of the Basque health system in detail. The figures indicate that 6.7% of the population rates their perceived health as excellent, 22.8% as very good, 50.4% as good, 17% as acceptable and 3.0% as very bad. It should be pointed out that women in general have a poorer perception of their health than men.

Expenditure on social protection is another of the areas of interest in the Yearbook. Thus, our Community earmarked 4,708 euros per inhabitant for this concept, representing 18.46% as a percentage of the Basque GDP. Risk of poverty and lack of welfare are other indicators contained in the publication. It can thus be seen that 3.3% of men and 8.2% of women in the Basque Country were at risk of poverty in 2008.

The book is a compendium of data on a diverse range of subjects, such as population, the economy, primary sector, industry and energy, construction and housing, services and tourism, companies and establishments, prices and salaries, foreign trade, labour market, education, Basque language and culture, health, social habits, social protection, elections, justice, land use and the environment, information society, Innovation and R&D, along with a special chapter on the main indicators of the 251 Basque municipalities.

For further information:

Basque Statistics Office C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz Tlf:+34-945-01 75 00 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01 E-mail: eustat@eustat.es Contact: Manuel Riveiros Tel:+34-945-01 75 06 Fax:+34-945-01 75 01 Further press releases on the Basque Statistics Yearbook

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