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Government Plan to Beat Unemployment

Published onsdag 26 augusti 2009 kl 12.29
The leaders of the government parties presented their plans during a visit to St Erik's Secondary School in Stockholm

Updated 17:35

On Wednesday the Swedish government presented its plan to tackle the rising unemployment over the next couple of years. An additional 1.2 billion US dollars will fund another 23,000 places in universities and other education centres and another 54,000 places in job creation schemes.

When in opposition, the centre-right government used to criticise the Social Democrats for hiding the number of unemployed in various job creation schemes, but Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt told the TT News Agency that the difference between them and the Social Democrats is that the latter "continued extensive job creation schemes in times of prosperity" so that when the economy was booming "people were left on the school bench and in job creation schemes".

Commenting the plans, the Social Democrats as well as the Trade Union Confederation say that the money is welcome, but that it is "too little, too late".

The government plans are a result of the ongoing budget talks between the four parties in the coalition. The full budget is expected in just under a month's time.

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