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Sweden – More jobs and fewer redundancies

27 January 2014

The labour market shows slight improvement during 2013, but the situation remains difficult for those without a high school education, according to the public employment agency (Arbetsfӧrmedlingen).

In 2013, unemployment began to improve, the number of redundancies fell, and there were more job vacancies advertised by the public employment agency, compared with the previous year. There was also a slight increase in the number of unemployed people entering education.

Mats Wadman, Director of Analysis at the public employment agency, commented: “This means that competition for jobs remains high. It is mostly people with limited education, foreign-born, and people with disabilities that find it more difficult to compete in the labour market. Among these groups, the unemployment rate continues to rise.”

In 2013, according to the analysis:

  • 214,295 people registered as unemployed (2012: 212,898)
  • 571,635 people found work (2012: 548,666)
  • 669,459 new jobs were advertised by the public employment agency (2012: 664,347)
  • 58,754 people were given redundancy notices (2012: 71,470)


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