Politics | September 18, 2001, Tuesday // 00:00

The American Agency USAID announced that Pernik municipality is in a disastrous situation. The town, situated near Sofia, was identified as one of the poorest in the country. The unemployment rate reached 16%. Ten enterprises were closed down in the past years. Seven other Bulgarian towns were included in the `black list` of the agency. Still, Pernik is the only regional center in USAID`s list.

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