As the crisis set in, the economy of Burgas district encountered tremendous difficulties. Between 2011 and 2013 there was some recovery, but in 2014 GDP shrank as figures went back to their crisis levels of 2009–2010. A similar tendency was notable in household incomes in the district though salaries went on growing rapidly in 2014. That was probably due to the stable recovery of employment in the district despite the unfavorable educational structure of the workforce. The district ranks among the first in Bulgaria in number of enterprises, domestic investment, and EU fund utilization relative to the population. Foreign investment declined sharply in 2014 but that was due to an accounting operation between Neftohim and its parent company. Local taxes and fees are relatively high but the administration services are developing and local administrations are relatively transparent.

Demographic tendencies in the district are less negative than those common for the country as a whole. The rate of natural increase remains negative while the district continues to attract people. Healthcare suffers from a shortage of doctors and hospital beds. The number of registered crimes is higher than the average in Bulgaria, but the administration of justice is relatively fast. Interest in libraries and museums in the district is relatively weak.

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