Jugovzhodna Slovenija had 7% of Slovenia’s population in 2016. The region had one of the highest shares of people aged 0–14 (15.8%), as did Gorenjska and Osrednjeslovenska. The region had the highest number of live births per 1,000 population (11.1), while the mean age of first-time mothers was among the lowest in Slovenia (28.4 years). Jugovzhodna Slovenia had the highest number of convicted persons per 1,000 population (5.4). There were 38 students per 1,000 population in this region; 67% of them studied in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region. The unemployment rate was 8.1%, slightly higher than the national average of 8.0%.
In addition to the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region, Jugovzhodna Slovenija was the only region with average monthly net earnings higher than the national average; in 2016 they amounted to EUR 1,036. 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 18,604) and industry contributed the highest share to the regional gross value added (50%). The share of households with bad dwelling conditions (21%) is the third lowest among regions. In 2016, over 400,700 tourist overnight stays was recorded in Jugovzhodna Slovenija; the share of foreign tourist overnight stays (38%) in this region was the lowest. On average, 402 kg of municipal waste per capita was generated in the region; 60% of it was collected separately. In this region the least waste water was treated before discharge from the sewage system (31%).