According to the total area, Jugovzhodna Slovenija is the largest region in Slovenia. It covers 2,675 square kilometres and is about 6 times larger than our smallest region Zasavska. Jugovzhodna Slovenija had 7% of Slovenia’s population in 2019. With 54 people per square kilometre, Jugovzhodna Slovenija was the third least densely populated region. The age structure of the population in this region was favourable as the share of young people (aged 0–14) was the highest among regions, namely 16.2%. This region was one of three regions that in 2019 recorded natural increase (0.7 per 1,000 population). Natural increase was also recorded in Osrednjeslovenska and Gorenjska. Eleven children per 1,000 people were born here in 2019. The mean age of first-time mothers was among the lowest in Slovenia (28.6 years); it was only lower in Koroška. If we compare statistical regions according to achieved level of education of the population, Jugovzhodna Slovenija was ranked among regions with the less favourable educational structure of the population. 26% of the population in this region had basic education or less. In 2019, this region stood out in terms of the highest number of convicted persons (adults and minors) per 1,000 population (4.3).
In 2019, the employment rate in Jugovzhodna Slovenija was 68.5%, third highest among the regions. This means that 68.5% of working age population in this region was in employment, i.e. in paid employment or self-employed. The difference in the employment rate between men and women was the second highest among regions. The employment rate for men (73.5%) was 10.5 percentage points higher than the employment rate for women (63.0%). In addition to the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region, Jugovzhodna Slovenija was the only region with average monthly net earnings higher than the national average; in 2019, they amounted to EUR 1,149. In Jugovzhodna Slovenija it was higher by 1.4% and in Osrednjeslovenska by 8.6%. GDP per capita was the second highest in the country (EUR 23,096); it represented 7% of the national GDP. Industry contributed the highest share to the regional gross value added (54%). On average, 455 kg of municipal waste per capita was generated in the region, 64 less than on average in Slovenia. Less municipal waste per capita was generated in Koroška (22 kg less per capita).