How is a community's poverty level determined?

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This evaluation is carried out based on the Poverty Map developed by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ.) The PIOJ Poverty Map ranks communities into four categories (Quartiles), with Quartile 1 being the least poor and Quartile 4, the poorest.

The ranking of a community is based on four indicators:

  • Percentage of households without piped water.
  • Percentage of households without exclusive use of water closet (flushable toilets)
  • Percentage of the labour force within the community that is unemployed
  • Percentage of community population with primary education only