Jugovzhodna Slovenija had 7% of Slovenia’s population in 2015. The region stood out with the highest share of families with five or more children (0.5%); the region also had one of the highest shares of people aged 0–14 (15.7%). Jugovzhodna Slovenia had the highest number of convicted persons per 1,000 population (5). The number of students per 1,000 population was the second highest in Slovenia (41); half of these students studied in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region. The unemployment rate was 9.8%, just over the national average of 9.0%. In addition to the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region, Jugovzhodna Slovenija was the only region with average monthly net earnings higher than the national average; in 2015 they amounted to EUR 1,023.

Almost a quarter of persons in employment worked outside their region of residence; most of them in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region. GDP per capita was the third highest in the country (EUR 17,941) and industry contributed the highest share to the regional gross value added (51%). In Jugovzhodna Slovenija 40% of dwellings was connected to the public sewage system and 90% of dwellings had a bathroom (which was the lowest share in the country). In 2015, almost 380,000 tourist overnight stays was recorded in Jugovzhodna Slovenia; the share of foreign tourist overnight stays (37%) in this region was the second lowest. On average, 405 kg of municipal waste per capita was generated in the region; 60% of it was collected separately. Almost all waste water was treated before discharge into the sewage system (99.7%).