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Reinfeldt Fumbles His Job Statistics

Published måndag 1 februari 2010 kl 20.16
Comparing apples to oranges

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt overstated figures in Sunday’s party leader debate, Swedish news sources report. During the debate, the prime minister stated that 100,000 more people are employed today compared when his moderate block took power in 2006.

In reality, the number is about the same now as it was then.

The slip-up, which was publicized by opposition party spokesman Thomas Östros of the Social Democrats, could be traced to an erroneous fact sheet handed out by the Ministry of Finance.

According to Minister of Finance Anders Borg, the figures on the fact sheet from 2006 took into account workers aged 16-64, while those for 2009 included people aged 15-74.

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