Fewer unemployed but gaps growing

The number of people registered unemployed fell in November to 364,000, a drop of 10,000 compared to November last year. That means unemployment has fallen by 0.2% to 7.6%, according to the Swedish Public Employment Agency’s (Arbetsförmedlingen) monthly figures. For those born in Sweden unemployment is lower than it has been for a long time, at 4.2%.

However DN reports that among those born outside of Sweden, in particular countries outside of the EU, almost a quarter are unemployed. Annika Sundén, head analyst from the agency, says, “If you do not have an upper secondary school education it is difficult to get onto the labour market. Around half of new arrivals do not have an upper secondary school education, many also lack a primary education.” Therefore education is a decisive factor for new arrivals.