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Unemployment

Social Dems emphasize personal responsibility

Published tisdag 17 april 2012 kl 09.09
Leader of the Social Democrats Stefan Löfven and the party’s spokeswoman on the economy Magdalena Andersson. Photo: Leif R Jansson/Scanpix.

Social Democrat Party leader Stefan Löfven wants the unemployed to take more personal responsibility in getting a job.

In an opinion piece published in today's edition of newspaper Dagens Nyheter, party leader Stefan Löfven and the party’s new economic spokesperson Magdalena Andersson, say that individuals do have a responsibility themselves in finding work.

“Everyone has the right (to financial support), but they also have obligations,” Löfven writes. “Society should create good conditions and possibilities but in order for that to work there needs to be individual responsibility.”

The Social Democrats will present their own shadow budget in a fortnight in response to Monday's spring budget presented by the government.

Löfven and Andersson target the government's handling of rising youth unemployment and promise more education and training programmes to get people back to work.

Unemployment on the rise

Recent figures from the National Employment Service puts unemployment at 8.5 percent of the workforce. That is an increase by more than 8 000 compared to the same period last year, news agency TT reports.

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