In the first quarter of 2019 the unemployment rate was 5.0%, by 0.7 percentage points lower in comparison with the first quarter or 2018.
According to the seasonally adjusted data, the GDP growth rate in the first quarter of 2019 is 3.4% compared to the same quarter of the previous year.
The producer price index in agriculture in the first quarter of 2019 increased by 5.4% in comparison with the same quarter of 2018. The crop output index increased by 7.1%, as well the animal output index - by 2.0%. In comparison with previous year the prices of agricultural output went up by 5.3% due to the increase in crop output price index - by 5.8% and in animal output price index - by 4.2%.
The index of prices of goods and services currently consumed in agriculture in the first quarter of 2019 was by 1.8% higher compared to the same quarter of previous year and by 0.6% higher compared to 2018.
According to the preliminary data of the National Statistical Institute at the end of March 2019 the number of employees under labour contract increased by 1.1% as compared to the end of December 2018 and reached 2.32 million.
In the first quarter of 2019 in comparison with the fourth quarter of 2018 the average monthly wages and salaries increased by 3.2% getting 1 208 BGN.
Life expectancy at birth of the Bulgarian population calculated for the period 2016 - 2018 is 74.8 years.
Life expectancy at birth for male population is 71.4 years, while for female it is 7.0 years higher - 78.4 years.
In the period January - March 2019 the exports of goods from Bulgaria to third countries increased by 13.4% compared to the same period of 2018 and amounted to 4 335.0 Million BGN while the imports of goods from third countries increased by 11.2% and added up to 5 506.6 Million BGN.
In the period January - March 2019 the total value of all exported goods to third countries and EU amounted to 13 942.1Million BGN, which is 8.9% more than the same period of 2018, while the total value of all imported goods from third countries and EU added up to 15 253.2 Million BGN and grew by 3.5%.
In In the period January - February 2019 the Bulgarian exports to the EU grew by 9.3% compared to the same period of 2018 and amounted to 6 334.3 Million BGN while the imports from the EU increased by 1.4% and reached 6 229.9 Million BGN.
In February 2019 the exports to the EU increased by 17.4% compared to the corresponding month of the previous year and amounted to 3 169.7 Million BGN while the imports grew by 11.1% and added up to 3 239.3 Million BGN.
In March 2019, 1 964 accommodation establishments - hotels, motels, camping sites, mountain chalets and other establishments for short-term accommodation with more than 10 bed-places were functioned in the country. The total number of the rooms in them was 57.4 thousand and the bed-places were 116.3 thousand. In comparison with March 2018, the total number of accommodation establishments (functioned during the period) increased by 1.1%, and the bed-places in them - by 1.2%.
The total number of the nights spent in all accommodation establishments registered in March 2019 was 873.8 thousand, or by 4.9% more in comparison with the same month of the previous year.
The total revenues from nights spent in March 2019 reached 48.7 million BGN or by 8.3% more compared to March 2018.
In April 2019, the total consumer confidence indicator decreases by 0.7 percentage points in comparison with January, which is due entirely to the decreased confidence among the urban population.
According to the preliminary data the Industrial Production Index, seasonally adjusted, decreased by 0.9% in March 2019 as compared to February 2019. In March 2019 the working day adjusted Industrial Production Index rose by 2.8% in comparison with the same month of 2018.