Peace Now: Gov't marked high-income settlements as 'priority areas'

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The socioeconomic status of those residing in settlements is higher than the national average, according to a report published Thursday by grassroots organization Peace Now. Peace Now concluded that in light of the statistics, there are no grounds for West Bank settlements to be included in the map delineating the country's "priority areas," marked for government incentives in education, housing, employment and more. The report stated that the unemployment rate in the settlements of Judea and Samaria stands at 6.5 percent, while the national unemployment rate is 7%. According to the statistics, the average income in Efrat - one of the settlements marked as a "priority area" - is NIS 7,790 per capita, NIS 3,000 higher than the average income in Ashdod.