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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.
The prosperous community outcome is made up of eight indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the outcome definition (shown above). Please see below for the data relating to each of the prosperous community indicators.
Using GDP, smoking has traditionally been counted as a benefit to the economy. With a GPI, smoking is regarded as a cost
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The valuable services resulting from unpaid household and community work contribute directly to our well-being and prosperity, but tend to be excluded in conventional economic statistics. As well as the economic value of these unpaid services, it has been argued that the work performed in households is more essential to basic survival and quality of life than much of the work done in the market place. Also a society’s commitment to community work is a measure of the strength of its social networks and social cohesion.
Calculated by multiplying hours spend on unpaid work (including household work, caregiving for household members, purchasing goods and services for own household, and unpaid work outside the home) by the national minimum wage and adjusting by CPI
Last Updated September 2014
Indicators are updated in May and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.
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