Dobrich

In 2018, GDP per capita in Dobrich district registered one of the lowest growth rates in the country. The situation regarding the growth in household incomes was not much different. Still, in spite of the lag in incomes and salaries, poverty levels in Dobrich district were close to the national average. Economic activity rose, accompanied by a growth in employment rates and a decline in unemployment, yet those indicators still remained unfavorable. The local labor market continues to face the problem of the low educational status of the workforce. Investment activity in Dobrich district is not sufficiently high. There has been a serious lag in production value and FDI. Local tax rates are among the lowest in the country. The transparency ratings for the district administration are on the decline but remain considerably above the national average.

The tendency towards population ageing in Dobrich district follows a country-wide trend, which results in constantly deteriorating age dependency ratios. Higher education has little presence in the district. The healthcare system is sufficiently saturated with GPs, but there is a shortage of specialist physicians. The district is among those facing the problem of acute shortages of hospital beds. The workloads of local criminal judges are lower and delivery of justice is speedier than the average national levels. Crime rates are slightly lower than the average national figures, and detection rates are slightly higher. The indicators for the state of the environment point to the district’s very good performance in that area. The district’s cultural life is characterized by its relatively low intensity.

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