Stara Zagora

Salaries and incomes in the district continue to grow, but the poverty rate is rising. Employment is decreasing and unemployment is increasing, though both rates are more favorable than the respective national averages. There are a relatively small number of enterprises in the district, but production value is relatively high. The share of road surfaces in good condition lags behind the average figures. Stara Zagora maintains relatively low local taxes. The self-assessments of local administrations for the development of e-government and the provision of one-stop-shop administrative services are poor.

In line with the trend on a national level, the natural population growth in Stara Zagora has been deteriorating in recent years. The relative number of repeaters and dropouts from primary and secondary education remain considerably higher than the national average. Access to doctors is relatively good. However, the number of beds in local general hospitals is declining. Delivery of justice is relatively speedy. Carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere and the amount of degraded land are extremely high. Stara Zagora is among the districts with the most active cultural life.

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