Pazardzhik

GDP in Pazardzhik district continued to grow in 2019, but at a rate below the national average and its amount continued to lag behind the average one in the country. The average annual income per household member declined and poverty levels remained high. The local labor market is still facing the challenge presented by the educational profile of the workforce. Investment activity in the district is not very strong. In 2019 there was an outflow of FDI. Pazardzhik is the district with the highest rating for infrastructural development and the leader in installed RES capacity. The average rate of local taxes levied by municipalities is relatively low. Their self-assessments for the development of e-government and the provision of onestop shop services remain below the national average.

Age dependency ratios in the district continue to worsen, but remain more favorable than the national average. Pazardzhik is among the districts with the lowest performance in the education indicators. Students’ results continue to lag behind the national averages. Access to GPs in the district is better than the country’s average. The number of patients admitted to the local general hospitals is extremely low. The workloads of the local criminal judges are close to the national average, but the delivery of justice is faster. The crime rate in the district is relatively low. The share of waste handed over for treatment and recycling remains extremely limited. Cultural life in Pazardzhik district is not very active.

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