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All members of our community prosper from a strong and growing economy. A thriving business sector attracts and retains a skilled and productive workforce.
A prosperous community is one in which there is a job market in which employment is growing, unemployment is low, incomes are relatively high and evenly distributed and people are well-educated. Having a decent income is a crucial element contributing to quality of life because most basic needs such as food, water, shelter, health care and many forms of recreation have to be purchased. The valuable services resulting from unpaid household and community work also contribute directly to our well-being and prosperity.
Prosperous community is made up of 8 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the prosperous community outcome definition (shown above). Please see below for the raw data available over the 2001 to 2010 study period for each of the prosperous community indicators.
As with the economic well-being GPI, the available indicator data that forms part of the prosperous community outcome area was used to calculate individual index values for each indicator for each year over the 2001 to 2010 study period. The graph below shows the average of these individual index values, and represents the prosperous community GPI for the Wellington region from 2001-2010.
The GPI counts crime, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, natural resource depletion and soil loss, as costs, not gains, to the economy.
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The size of the labour force is critical to New Zealand’s capacity to produce goods and services. Short-term changes in the participation rate can often be traced to job market conditions. A job market in which employment is growing often encourages more people to participate.
The total labour force (people who are either employed-working at least one hour per week; or unemployed-not in work but available for work and actively seeking work) expressed as a percentage of the working age population (15 years and over)
Last updated 24 July 2012
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