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Newly Built Residential Buildings and Dwellings Completed in the Third Quarter of 2022 (preliminary data)

Monday, 7 November 2022 - 11:00

According to preliminary data of the National Statistical Institute in the third quarter of 2022, the number of newly built residential buildings was 1 316, and the newly built dwellings in them were 5 812. Compared to the third quarter of 2021, the buildings were by 458 more (or by 53.4%), and the newly built dwellings in them increased by 2 008, or by 52.8%.

In the third quarter of 2022, 78.7% of the newly built residential buildings had steel-concrete construction, 18.7% had solid structure, 2.1% had ‘other’ and 0.5% had a panel. The highest is the relative share of houses (79.0%), followed by blocks of flats (15.4%). As compared to the third quarter of 2021, the number of newly built houses and blocks of flats rose, while the number of mixed buildings and country houses dropped.

The highest is the number of residential buildings built in the district of Plovdiv - 196 residential buildings with 581 dwellings, followed by Sofia (stolitsa) - 170 residential buildings with 1 493 dwellings, and Burgas - 141 buildings with 553 dwellings in them.

The highest is the number of newly built dwellings with two rooms (37.9%), followed by the number of those with three rooms (33.6%), and the lowest is the number of dwellings with six and more rooms (3.8%).

In the third quarter of 2022, the total useful space of newly built dwellings was 548.9 thousand sq. m, or 48.4% more, compared to the same quarter of 2021, and the living floor space increased (by 52.7%) to 436.8 thousand sq. m.

The average useful floor space of a newly built dwelling decreased from 97.2 sq. m in the third quarter of 2021 to 94.4 sq. m in the same quarter of 2022.

The biggest average useful floor space of a newly built dwelling was recorded in the districts of Silistra - 218.7 sq. m and Smolyan - 172.3 sq. m, and the smallest ones in Razgrad - 66.9 sq. m and Targovishte - 70.0 sq. meters.

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Building Permits Issued and Construction of New Buildings Started in the Third Quarter of 2022

Friday, 4 November 2022 - 11:00

In the third quarter of 2022, the municipal authorities issued building permits for the construction of 2 159 residential buildings with 14 708 dwellings, 14 administrative buildings/offices and 1 213 other buildings.

As compared to the third quarter of 2021, the issued building permits for new residential buildings increased by 17.0%, for administrative buildings - by 55.6%, and for other buildings - by 2.5%.

The construction of 1 559 residential buildings with 8 823 dwellings, 11 administrative buildings/offices and 669 other buildings was started.

The number of started new residential buildings and other buildings increased by 14.9% and 16.3%, respectively as compared to the third quarter of 2021. The number of started administrative buildings registered a drop of 21.4%.

Research and Development Activity in 2021 (preliminary data)

Monday, 31 October 2022 - 11:00

In 2021, the total amount of expenditure on research and development activity (R&D) was 1 074.0 million BGN, which was 4.9% more than the previous year. The annual growth tendency is retained for the period 2017 - 2021.

R&D intensity (R&D expenditure as a percentage of the gross domestic product) amounted to 0.77% and it was 0.08 percentage points lower than in 2020.

In the structure of R&D expenditure by fields of science in 2021, as in the previous year, the highest share belonged to the R&D expenditure in technical sciences - 51.5% (553.2 million BGN), followed by medical and health sciences with a share of 19.2% (206.7 million BGN) and the natural sciences - 17.4% (187.0 million BGN).

In 2021, the personnel engaged in research and development activity amounted to 25 122 persons (in full-time equivalent), which was 3.7% less than the previous year. The share of women in total R&D personnel was 47.5%. The number of researchers in full-time equivalent was 16 230 persons, which was 2.8% less compared to 2020.

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Project ‘European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS) - Unemployment benefits recipients’

Monday, 31 October 2022 - 11:00

In October 2022 the activities of the project ‘European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS) - Unemployment benefits recipients’ of the National Statistical Institute under a grant agreement with the European Commission 101055564 - 2021-BG-ESSPROS were successfully completed. The main objective of the project was to build capacity for the preparation of statistical data on the recipients of unemployment benefits in Bulgaria within the framework of the European System for Integrated Social Protection Statistics (ESSPROS) according to a methodology proposed by Eurostat for the voluntary collection of such data.

In cooperation with experts from the National Social Security Institute (NSSI) and the Employment Agency, the available data on the number of recipients of periodic cash unemployment benefits from the register of unemployment benefits recipients and the register of persons registered in the labour offices of the Employment Agency was processed. Periodic unemployment benefits in Bulgaria that fall within the scope of the data collected under the project include unemployment benefits under Article 54a, paragraph 1 of the Social Security Code and under Articles 230 and 231 of the Law on Defense and the Armed Forces of Republic of Bulgaria as well as scholarships, transport and accommodation expenses paid to unemployed persons participating in training for literacy, acquisition of professional qualifications or key competences (for the duration of the training). In accordance with the requirement to eliminate the double counting of the recipients of benefits/assistance falling under the unemployment function, the vertical aggregation of the data on the recipients of unemployment benefits administered by NSSI and the data on the recipients of ‘vocational qualification supplement’ administered by the Employment Agency for the same reference period was carried out by NSSI. The questionnaire for the qualitative information on the module has been completed.

As a result of the carried out activities data for 2019 and 2020 on the total number of recipients of at least one of the above-mentioned benefits during the reference year was obtained on the one hand and data on the average monthly number of benefits received during the reference year in total, by gender and by age group on the other hand. In 2019 and 2020, a total of 216 781 and 301 660 persons respectively received at least one periodic cash unemployment benefit and the average monthly number of such benefits received was 71 380 and 109 859 respectively.

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Producer Price Indices in Industry, September 2022

Friday, 28 October 2022 - 11:00

The Total Producer Price Index in Industry increased by 6.8% in September 2022 compared to the previous month. Higher prices were registered in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply by 15.6%, in the mining and quarrying industry by 6.5%, and in the manufacturing by 0.7%.

The Producer Price Index on the Domestic Market increased by 9.2% in September 2022 compared to the previous month. The domestic prices went up in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply by 15.5%, in the mining and quarrying industry by 2.0%, and in the manufacturing by 1.7%.

The Total Producer Price Index rose by 56.8% in September 2022 compared to the same month in 2021. Significant growth was seen in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply by 148.3%, in the manufacturing by 22.7%, and in the mining and quarrying industry by 17.9%.

The Producer Price Index on the Domestic Market went up by 78.1% compared to September 2021. Prices rose in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply by 147.0%, in manufacturing by 31.2% and in the mining and quarrying industry by 14.1%.

Business Conjuncture, October 2022

Friday, 28 October 2022 - 11:00

In October 2022, the total business climate indicator decreases by 1.7 percentage points compared to September. A reduction of the indicator is observed in industry, retail trade and service sector, and only in construction an improvement is registered.

In all sectors, the factor, limiting with the most extend the enterprises’ activity remains the uncertain economic environment.

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Production and Deliveries of Energy Products, August 2022

Friday, 28 October 2022 - 11:00

In August 2022, compared to July 2022, an increase is reported for the production of liquefied petroleum gases by 10.0%. A decrease is reported for the production of: solid fuels - by 11.0%, electricity - by 1.8%, and unleaded motor gasoline - by 0.6%. No change in the production of transport diesel and natural gas.

In August 2022, compared to the same month of the previous year, an increase is reported for the production of: transport diesel - by 34.9%, unleaded motor gasoline - by 29.8%, and electricity - by 6.8%. A decrease is reported for the production of: natural gas - by 50.0% and solid fuels - by 4.5%. No change in the production of liquefied petroleum gases.

In August 2022, compared to July 2022, an increase is reported for the deliveries of: unleaded motor gasoline - by 27.8%, transport diesel - by 15.8%, and liquefied petroleum gases - by 15.4%. A decrease is reported for the deliveries of: natural gas - by 28.0%, solid fuels - by 11.5%, and electricity - by 1.5%.

In August 2022, compared to the same month of the previous year, an increase is reported for the deliveries of: liquefied petroleum gases - by 9.8% and transport diesel - by 1.3%. A decrease is reported for the deliveries of: natural gas - by 30.6%, unleaded motor gasoline - by 9.8%, solid fuels - by 8.7%, and electricity - by 5.7%.

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Trips of Bulgarian Residents Abroad and Arrivals of Visitors from Abroad to Bulgaria in September 2022

Thursday, 27 October 2022 - 11:00

In September 2022, the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 643.7 thousand or by 11.1% above the registered in September 2021.

The trips with holiday and recreation purpose in September 2022 composed the greatest share of the total number of trips of Bulgarian residents abroad - 42.3%, followed by those with other purposes (as a guest, education and visit the cultural and sports events) - 39.3%, and with professional purpose - 18.4%.

In September 2022, the number of visits of non-residents to Bulgaria was 1 112.7 thousand or 44.0% more in comparison with September 2021. An increase in the trips with all observed purposes was registered. Transit passes through the country were 35.9% (399.2 thousand) of all visits of non-residents to Bulgaria.

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