Social and economic conditions in the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship in the period of 2000-2009
The end of the twentieth century marked the beginning of changes in the nature of population and economic phenomena. Traces of the transformation period with both integration and globalization pressures are nowadays visible on the social, demographic and economic levels, on the local, regional and national scale (Kiniorska, Wrońska-Kaczor 2011). This study aimed at presenting changes in the demographic and economic development. The
results showed numerous negative processes including decreased population density conditioned by natural population decline registered in urban and rural areas. The decrease in the population was also given a considerable boost by migrations. The outflow areas were located on the outskirts where the concentration of negative socio-economic phenomena resulted in depopulation and ageing processes. In the Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship the largest decreases in the population size were recorded in the southern and north-western parts. Socio-economic development is also hampered by lack of jobs and high unemployment rate.