Current Economic Indicators of the Upper Carniola Region Development

Currently, the economy of the Upper Carniola Region (Slovene: Gorenjska regija) is on its rise. The statistics of exports and imports is improving.

As of July 2017, the active working-age population reached 73,264 people per 203,800 inhabitants of the region, which is 3.7% more than in July 2016. Over the past year, the unemployment rate decreased by 1% and amounted to 6.1% (at 9.1% on average in Slovenia). At the end of September 2017, 5,106 unemployed persons were registered in the region, which is 15.5% less than in September 2016. In the period from January to September 2017, employers registered 8,123 job offers in the Employment Service of Kranj.

Last week, the new Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia Boštjan Gorjup visited the Upper Carniola region. Local entrepreneurs introduced him to the latest data on the development of the economy, the situation in the labour market and the related thereto problem on the shortage of engineering and technical personnel.

The Head of the Chamber of Commerce of the Upper Carniola Region Jadranka Švarc emphasized that in their region, as well as throughout the country as a whole, as of the first half of 2017, exports grew by 14.7% (by 11.5% as a whole in Slovenia), and imports raised by 11.7% (by 14% as a whole in Slovenia). The coverage of imports by exports amounted to 138%. The cost of exports amounted to 1.26 billion euros, and the cost of imports reached 914 million euros.

The key market for the enterprises of the Upper Carniola Region is Germany (29% of total exports), followed by Italy (9.4%), Austria (8.4%), and Croatia (5.2%). For the first 7 months of 2017, tourists spent 1.37 million nights in hotels of the region (16.2% more than in the same period last year).

During the meeting, they also discussed the necessary changes to improve the employment of engineering and technical personnel. Representatives of the economy sector propose to motivate schoolchildren and students to enter engineering study programmes, to encourage and subsidize the training of technical personnel, and to open additional vocational classes in schools. They also recommend promoting cooperation between businesses and educational institutions to introduce a dual system of education in vocational schools, secondary schools and colleges, to set the minimum rate of workers salary by law.