Razgrad

The lagging behind of both the economic development and the incomes in Razgrad has left its impact on the poverty levels in the district. Employment has been declining and unemployment has risen, with both remaining significantly more unfavorable than the national average. The local labor market continues to face the challenge posed by the educational structure of the workforce. Investment activity in the district remains low. The density of the road network is relatively high, but the shares of highways and first-class roads, as well as that of road surfaces in good condition, are extremely low. The average level of local taxes levied by the local municipalities is lower than the national average. The self-assessments of the local administrations on the development of e-government and the provision of one-stop shop administrative services are improving.

The natural population growth rate has fallen considerably, but the net migration rate has increased. Razgrad is among the districts with the smallest share of urban population. The district’s performance in the field of education is unsatisfactory. Students’ results again remained relatively low in 2021. Razgrad is among the districts with the most acute shortageof doctors. The number of crimes in the district is relatively low and their detection rate is high. Razgrad ranks last among the districts in terms of the environmental indicators. The share of the population in settlements with a public sewerage network remains low. The pandemic and the countrywide restrictions on cultural events in 2020 have had a strong impact on cultural life in Razgrad district as well.

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