Stara Zagora

GDP per capita in Stara Zagora decreased in 2019 and the district lost its second place in this indicator. However, salaries and incomes in the district continue to rise. Economic activity is declining, but remains relatively high and over the past few years has been consistently above the national average. Employment and unemployment rates are more favorable than the respective country 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 the national level, the natural population growth in Stara Zagora has been deteriorating in recent years. The shares of repeaters and dropouts from primary and secondary education remain almost twice as high as the national average. Access to doctors is relatively good. However, the number of beds in the local general hospitals is declining and lagging further behind the national average. The workloads of criminal judges in the district are relatively heavy, but this does not have a strong negative impact on the speed of delivery of justice. The poor assessment of Stara Zagora in the environment category is primarily due to the extremely high level of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. The pandemic is having a negative impact on the district’s cultural life.

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