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Sweden — Unemployment at 9.3%

18 March 2010
The latest Labour Force Survey published today by Statistics Sweden (SCB) reveals that in February 2010, 459 000 persons aged 15-74 were unemployed. This is an increase of 72 000 compared to February 2009.

The increase included both men and women: 39 000 more men and 33 000 more women. The increase occurred mainly in the group aged 25-54. Of the unemployed, 149 000 were full-time students, corresponding to 32 percent.

The unemployment rate was 9.3 percent of the labour force in February 2010. This is an increase of 1.3 percentage points compared to February 2009.

In the group aged 15-24 there were 161 000 unemployed persons, or 26.8 percent of the workforce. More than half, or 88 000 of these, were full-time students.

The long-term unemployed, that is persons who have been unemployed more than 26 consecutive weeks, increased by 64 000 to 149 000 persons, or 34 percent of the unemployed. The increase occurred mainly among persons aged 25-54 where the number of long-term unemployed increased by 47 000, or 97 percent, to 95 000 persons.

To read the full Labour Force Survey in Swedish language please click here



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