ArmInfo. In Armenia, the sphere of information and communication keeps the leadership in terms of wages - on September 1 this year 435.5 thousand AMD with an annual growth of 13.1%. According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, followed by the mining industry -392.6 thousand AMD (an annual increase of 8.4%), the financial sector - 390.2 thousand AMD (annual decline of 0.3%), and the energy complex - 246.4 thousand AMD (annual decline of 3%).
Yerevan ranks second in terms of salaries - 204.4 thousand AMD on average (with an annual growth of 2.8%). Leadership is held by the Syunik district, where the nominal wage averaged 244.1 thousand AMD (with an annual growth of 10.5%), followed by Tavush area - 167.1 thousand AMD (annual growth of 1.2%), Lori area - 164.4 thousand AMD (an annual growth of 7.8%), and the top five leaders are Kotayk area - 161 thousand AMD (annual growth of 0.6%).
According to statistical data, in total, the nominal wage in Armenia slightly accelerated the growth rate - from 2.2% in January-September 2016 to 2.4% in January-September 2017, amounting to 189928 AMD ($ 394). In particular, wages in the public sector in January-September 2017 was 160135 AMD ($ 332), unchanged year-on-year, against the decline of 0.7% a year ago. At the same time, wages in the private sector continued to slow down the growth rate, to 3.1% from 4.4% a year ago, to 225950 AMD ($ 468).
According to the updated forecast of the Central Bank, the average nominal wage will increase by 3.1% in 2017 (versus the previously expected 2%), with an annual growth rate of 0.8-1.2 percentage points accelerating. For example, in the private sector, the average nominal wage is expected to grow by 4.2% in 2017 (similar to the previous forecast), and in the public sector - by 1% (versus the previously projected decline of 0.7%). In the medium term, in parallel with the acceleration of economic growth and the approach of inflation to the target threshold, the growth rate of wages will also accelerate. The updated forecast of the Central Bank for 2018 and 2019 almost does not differ from the previous one. In particular, previously the Central Bank expected in the private sector to increase wages in 2018 by 5.2% and in 2019 by 6.5%, while in the public sector - in 2018 by 3.4% and in 2019 - by 4.9%.
The average calculated exchange rate for AMD was 478.24 AMD / $ in September 2017, and in January- September it was 482.59 AMD / $ 1, against 474.10 AMD / $ 1 in September 2016 and 481.03 AMD / $ 1 in January -September 2016.