In line with regional competitiveness programme, Šibenik-Knin County is one of 10 counties in Croatia that lag behind in economic development. It takes the 4th place of the least developed municipalities and towns- which thus fall under Areas of Special State Concern. The majority of manufacturing and craft industry closed down during or after the war. According to the statistics from the Croatian Employment Institute, Šibenik-Knin County had a total of 9389 unemployed men and women in October 2013. That was 4, 1% more than in December 2012 and 7, 1% more than in January 2012.
The demographic trend is extremely negative. The explanation lies in the fact that municipalities in Šibenik-Knin County have the lowest population density in Croatia (4 times lower than the national median). Between 1991 and 2001 the data showed the population falling by 26 % in this county, while in other project’s target areas it fell by 55%. Between 2001 and 2011 the downward trend continued. Moreover, in Šibenik-Knin County it rose by 4 %.
Ageing of the population is also very pronounced in this region. Out of 10 oldest communities in Croatia, 6 of them come from Šibenik-Knin County; and furthermore, they are in the top three. The distribution of the population is also imbalanced, with the sparsely populated hinterland and densely populated coastal areas.