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Controversial Program Figures Revised

Swedish Radio News reports that the National Social Insurance Agency reported incorrect figures, which were more favorable to the government, concerning the controversial program removing people from sickness benefits and having them look for jobs.

On Thursday the agency said the number of those failing to find employment and re-applying for sickness benefits was less than expected. But Swedish Radio News reports that this failed to take into account those seeking early retirement because of illness or injuries.

Instead of one-third of those who lost their benefits under the government program re-applying as too sick to work, the true figure, Swedish Radio News says, is closer to 33 percent.