Poles still need to be more productive: Eurostat

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Work productivity in Poland continues to lag behind the EU average, claims the newest report from Eurostat.

Despite several years of relatively quick economic growth, the GDP per working person in Poland in 2018 was only 77 percent of the EU average.

The rate of work productivity is one of the most important long-term growth factors, which often also leads to an improvement in the standard of living and employment, as well as for society’s wealth.

The Polish map of productivity still clearly shows the heritage of the 18th century partitions. The worst results were traditionally noted in Eastern Poland, which were territories taken by Russia, and especially low was the Lublin Voivodship which featured productivity that was only 54 percent of the EU average.

None of the Eastern regions passed 60 percent.

Warsaw is on the opposite side of the scale, taken out of the Masovian Voivodship due to EU statistics. In 2018, it was the only NUTS2 (Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics) region in Poland with a productivity rate 33 percent higher than the EU average.

Lower Silesia was second, with a much worse result of 85 percent of the EU average while Upper Silesia was third with 83 percent of the EU average.