Occupations and income
Oil revenues have brought an almost across-the-board increase in the standard of living since 1970. Per-capita income increased from $630 in 1970 to $24,000 a year in 1979.
However, prices are much higher in Iraq than in the United States. Iraq is considered wealthy in the Arab world because of its farming and oil potential. But Iraqis are still poorer than their neighbors.
Oil, farming and textiles are main occupations. Farmers depend on what they grow -- barley, wheat, rice and dates -- for their family's food, and try to sell the excess. Cotton is also a big crop.