Pernik

In 2018, GDP per capita in Pernik district grew at a rate twice the national average, although it remained far below the average level. Salaries and incomes have also been rising fast, which has had a positive effect on the relatively low poverty rates in the district. In 2019 the labor market also gathered a lot of momentum. Economic activity recorded a serious growth, accompanied by a simultaneous rise both in employment and unemployment rates. Population ageing, however, still remains a major challenge facing the local labor market. Investment activity is relatively weak. The average rate of the local taxes in the municipalities of Pernik district is relatively low. The transparency of the local administration is estimated as relatively poor.

The problem of population ageing is particularly conspicuous in Pernik district. The natural growth rate is twice as low as the national average. The shares of repeaters and dropouts from primary and secondary school remain lower than the national averages. The district is relatively well provided with GPs, but specialist physicians are relatively insufficient in number. Beds in the local general hospitals are also less than half the national average, and Pernik is also the district with the smallest relative number of hospitalizations. The workloads of criminal judges are still small in national terms, which affects the speed of delivery of justice. A considerable amount of household waste is handed over for treatment and recycling. Pernik is one of the districts with the least active cultural life.

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