People

The Silesian Voivodeship is inhabited by 4559164 people, which accounts for 11.9% of Poland’s total population. The highest population density is in the Upper Silesian Agglomeration. In a broader perspective, approx 8.5 mln people live within 100 km of Katowice – the region’s capital – of which over 4.5 mln are in Silesia. This results from the fact that such cities as Częstochowa, Opole, Ostrava, Bielsko-Biała and Kraków are located exactly within 100 km of Katowice. 77% of Silesians live in cities or towns.

In 2016, nearly 62%, or over 2.8 mln people, out of the total number of the Voivodeship’s residents, amounting to over 4.5 mln, were of working age. The majority of the employed (almost 29%) consisted of people aged 35-44, followed by people aged 25-34 (27%), and people aged 45-54 (over 21%).

Restructuring processes in the region have been accompanied by the change within the employment structure, reflected by a decrease in the number of people employed in construction, mining and quarrying, as well as manufacture of basic metals, with a corresponding increase in the service sector.

As at the end of December 2016, the rate of unemployment in the region was 6.6%. almost 38% of the total number of registered unemployed persons was young people under the age of 34.

As at the end of December 2017, the rate was 5.2 % and at the end of May 2018 - 4.7 % and the total number of registered unemployed persons was 87274. 


 

 

 

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