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Jamaica’s progress towards achieving four Vision 2030 indicators mixed

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2015 | 9:58 AM

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) says Jamaica’s progress towards achieving four of the indicators under its Vision 2030 plan has been mixed.

The country’s progress under the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan was discussed at a quarterly press briefing by the Planning Institute of Jamaica yesterday.

The PIOJ says the four indicators reviewed during the January to March quarter were health Status, Education Status, Labour Force Quality and Security Status.

And the PIOJ says there was progress in one of the four areas, mixed results in two indicators and no change in one indicator.

It says improvements were seen in Labour Force Quality where an average of 25.2 per cent of the total labour force had vocational or professional certification, based on the quarterly labour force survey for January 2015. 

This represented an increase of 1.6 percentage points from 23.6 per cent in the January 2014 survey.

In terms of Security Status, the PIOJ says crime rates continued to trend downwards for the fifth consecutive year. 

It says 77 Category 1 Crimes per 100,000 of the population were committed over the January to March 2015 period, showing a decline of 3.0 per cent over the similar period in 2014.

Category one crimes are listed as Serious and Violent Crimes and Acquisitory Crimes.

However, it says murder rates trended upwards during the period.

The PIOJ says Education Status as measured by the gross tertiary enrolment rate remained constant during the period while Health Status as measured by immunization coverage showed mixed results.

It notes that immunisation coverage for children between zero and 11 months increased over 2013 but coverage for children between 12 and 23 months fell.