In Moldova, the size of the subsistence minimum in 2018 amounted to 1,891 lei on average per person per month, and increased by 1.5% compared with 2017.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics, while for residents of the largest cities - Chisinau and Balti, it amounted to 2107.9 lei, which is 11.6% more than the subsistence minimum in other cities - 1888.5 lei, and also by 17.4% more than in the villages - 1795.8 lei. By categories of the population, the most expensive consumer basket is for the working-age population - 2016.1 lei, in particular, for men - 2186.7 lei, for women - 1830 lei. For children, the subsistence minimum averages 1,801.1 lei per month and varies depending on age - from 712.8 lei - for children under 1 year to 2,031.7 lei - for children from 7 to 17 years old. In urban areas, the subsistence minimum for children is 18.5% higher than in rural areas, and in the case of children under the age of 1, this difference is 21.3%. Disposable monthly incomes of the population in 2018 averaged 2383.1 lei per person, which is 26% higher than the average subsistence minimum in the country. The average monthly salary in the economy during this period was 6446.4 lei, covering the subsistence minimum for the working-age population 3.2 times. The maximum level of coverage of the subsistence minimum for the working-age population was achieved in the field of information and communication - about 7.1 times, and the minimum coverage - among workers in the arts, recreation and entertainment: their salary covers the subsistence minimum of only 1.9 times. The subsistence minimum for pensioners is 1574.2 lei (83.2% of the average subsistence minimum in the country). As of January 1, 2019, the average pension in the country amounted to 1,709.2 lei, which covers the subsistence minimum for pensioners by 108.6%. The size of the average old-age pension covers the subsistence minimum by 104.4%. The average size of childcare allowance for a child under 3 years of age was 1,561.5 lei for insured persons, and in 2018 it covered the cost of living for children 1-6 years old by 101.4%, and for uninsured citizens (540 lei) - only for 35%.// 02.04.2019 — InfoMarket.