GDP and salaries in Sliven district have been growing, but at a relatively slow pace and the regional economy continues to lag behind the national trends. The most serious challenge facing the local labor market is the deteriorating educational structure of the workforce. Investment activity is extremely weak and the district ranks last in the country in this category. Sliven is also the district with the lowest utilization rate of European funds. The basic infrastructure retains its high level. Sliven is the area with the highest share of road surfaces in good condition. The average rate of local taxes in the municipalities of Sliven district differs significantly from the average rates in the country. The transparency of the local administration continues to improve.

Despite the negative demographic trends throughout the country, Sliven district presents a relatively good population picture. On the education indicators, the district scores worst in the whole country. Sliven remains the district with the highest share of repeaters and dropouts from primary and secondary school. The poor assessment of its healthcare is mainly due to the high infant mortality rate. The crime rate in the district is on the decrease, while the detection rate remains higher than average. The relatively high rating of Sliven district in terms of the environmental indicators is primarily the result of the low relative volume of generated household waste and the large share of waste handed over for treatment and recycling. Interest in the local libraries remains high.

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