Though the labor market in the district of Blagoevgrad is showing some signs of recovery, salaries in the district are growing more slowly than the national average. The relatively low percentage of people with higher education – about 20% of the population – shows that the vast majority of students leave the district after graduating, which poses obstacles to its further development. Investment is growing gradually, though both investment and EU funds utilization remain below the country average. The share of roads in good condition is growing, though the density of the road and railway networks has remained low. The level of local taxes is relatively low and the work of the local administration is rated close to the country average.

The relatively good age structure of the population also has a positive influence on the rate of natural increase, which is way above the national average. Migration out of the district is still intensive. A considerable part of the population eligible for education has been successfully enrolled in
the educational system, though the performance of school leavers at the state matriculation exams in Bulgarian language and literature is deteriorating. There is still shortage of general hospital beds and medical specialists in the district. The environment has remained in good condition
mostly because of the low level of harmful emissions. The local judicial system is relatively slow though judges are not overloaded. The intensity of culture events remains low.

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