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In July 2013, the number of temporary workers in Sweden was 896,000, an increase of 50,000 compared with July 2012. During the first six months of the year, monthly temporary employment figures have been greater than those of the corresponding month during the previous year. The increase of 50,000 workers marks the biggest year-on-year rise in temporary worker numbers since December 2011.
According to the Swedish Labour Force Survey, temporary workers aged between 25 and 54 account for the biggest proportion of the temporary workforce. Recent financial results reveal a negative trend in temporary recruitment in Sweden, with Proffice most recently reporting a -17% drop in revenue for Swedish recruitment.
Permanent employment figures fell slightly by 7,000 to 3.51 million, during July compared with a year ago. Total employment for the month; inclusive of permanent and temporary workers, reached 4.9 million, an increase of 66,000 from July 2012. Seasonally adjusted data reflects a positive trend for the number of persons in employment.
The unemployment rate for July 2013 was 7.2% with 382,000 people jobless, compared with an unemployment rate of 7.4% in July 2012 with 387,000 people jobless. Sweden’s unemployment rate remains below the Eurozone and European Union averages, of 12.1% and 10.9%, respectively.