The per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) experienced constant growth between 1995-2003. Consequently, the per capita GDP, expressed using market prices, was 20 525 EUR in 1995, and 28 965 EUR in 2003, which is above the national average. Unemployment in Emilia Romagna is in decline, and in 2004 was 2.0%, while the national average was 8.4%. Based on this information, growth in the region can be judged as positive. GDP consistently grew from 1995-2003, as did gross investment which had a (planned) growth rate of 3.0% and reached 23 billion EUR. The foreign trade balance is positive, with growth in regional exports of 5.1% in 2004, totalling 31 500 billion EUR and regional imports totalling 18 987 billion EUR.
The strongest economic sectors of the region in 2004 were industry, construction, commerce and the service industry, so that there were 538 907 people employed in industry, 136 564 employed in construction, 280 515 in the service industry and 210 411 employed in other sectors. Looking at the structure of economic activities, the largest number of business are active in manufacturing, construction, commerce and the service industry.