Growth and economic well-being: Fourth quarter 2021, OECD


Household income falls slightly in OECD area in Q4 2021, despite continuing GDP growth  


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5 May 2022 - In the OECD area, GDP per capita rose by 1.2% quarter-on-quarter in the fourth quarter of 2021, but real household income per capita fell by 0.3% (Figure 1). Real household income per capita has stagnated during the past six months and trailed growth in GDP per capita for the third consecutive quarter. While the trend in GDP per capita reflects the recovery in economic activity after sharp declines in the early stages of the pandemic, the trend in household income per capita reflects, among other things, reductions in pandemic-related government assistance paid to households since early 2021. Nevertheless, household income was 3.8% higher in the fourth quarter of 2021 than it was in the fourth quarter of 2019, before the start of the pandemic.

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