Although GDP per capita in Sliven district has been growing, it is among the lowest in the country. The contraction in economic activity is accompanied by a decrease in both employment and unemployment. The labor market continues to face the challenge posed by the educational structure of the workforce. Investment activity is extremely slack. The basic physical infrastructure retains its relatively good level. The tax rates on retail trade and taxi transportation are significantly lower than the respective national averages. The transparency of the work of the municipalities in the district remains high.

The demographic conditions of the district rank it among the country’s leaders in this indicator. At the same time, Sliven is among the districts with the lowest performance as regards the indicators for education and healthcare. Most notably, there is an acute shortage of both GPs and specialist physicians. The relative number of crimes in the district is close to the average one in the country, while the detection rate remains considerably higher. The low proportion of the population in housing with access to public sewerage remains a challenge. The culture and tourism sectors show relatively low intensity.

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