Active Population in Bulgaria Decreases
The number of active Bulgarians has decreased in 2013, shows the data of the National Statistics Institute (NSI).
In 2013 they were 4.47 million people, or 61.7% of the entire population. The number has decreased by 0.7% (33 000 people), in spite the extension of retirement age by four months.
According to the NSI the trend of a larger number of retired people than new workers continues. In 2013 for each 100 new pensioners there were 62 new workers, whereas in 2001 the ratio was 100:124.
In the end of 2013, the people of retirement age or older were 1.718 million, or 23.7% of the population, while the youth below active age were 1.056 million people, or 14.6%.
The ageing population has brought the average age of Bulgarians up from 40.4 years in 2001 to 43 years in 2013.