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Sweden — No drop in the number of temporary employees

17 December 2009

According to the latest Labour Force Survey published today by Statistics Sweden, there were 4,469,000 employed persons aged 15-74 in November. Compared to November 2008 this is a decrease of 90,000 persons of which men constituted 55,000 and women 35,000. In combination with the population increasing by 77,000 persons, this led to the employment rate decreasing by 2.0 percentage points to 64%.

As in earlier months this year, employment fell the most in the industry group 'Manufacturing, mining and quarrying; energy and environment'. The decrease was 71,000 persons compared to November 2008, of which the subgroup 'manufacturing, comprised 57,000 persons.

The number of permanently employed persons decreased by 87,000, of which 58,000 were men. However, the number of temporarily employed persons did not show a statistically significant difference.

In the beginning of 2009 the number of temporarily employed persons decreased by 40,000-70,000 per month compared to the same month 2008. The decrease continued in the Autumn but at a slower rate and in November there was no statistically significant difference.

On average, the number of hours worked amounted to 153 million a week. Adjusting for calendar differences between 2008 and 2009 this was a decrease of 2.4%. In November 390,000 persons were unemployed, which is an increase of 86,000 compared to last year. The largest increase was for persons aged 25-54 which increased by 63,000. Full-time students constituted one fourth of the unemployed persons.

The unemployment rate rose by 1.8 percentage points compared to November 2008 and amounted to 8% of the labour force. The figure for men was 8.5% and for women 7.5%. For the ages 15-24 the unemployment rate was 22.9% which is no statistically significant difference compared to November 2008. In this age-group, full-time students comprise more than 40% of the unemployed.

To read the full survey in Swedish language please click here



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