In 2014, the district economy registered a certain slowdown. The labor market did not improve seriously, either, though unemployment went down in 2015. In 2014, FTA acquisition expenditure rose in Plovdiv district while foreign investment registered an outflow after a four-year steady influx of capital. Road quality was still higher than the average for the country; it went up in the last two years.
Population ageing is slower in the district of Plovdiv than it is in the country as a whole. Plovdiv has remained one of the few districts with a positive net migration rate. In education, the district has registered some of the highest shares of repeaters and dropouts, though high school graduates performed relatively well at matriculation exams. Plovdiv is among the districts with the greatest numbers of doctors, hospital beds, and hospitalizations relative to the population. Though court workloads are relatively high in the district, this does not affect the speedy work of the court. Visits to theaters, museums, and libraries are fewer compared to the average numbers for the country.
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