labour market

One on three young immigrant jobless

The public employment office reports a record number of available jobs, but the unemployment among young immigrants is still increasing rapidly. More than one in three 19 to 24 year old born abroad are without a job today, the news agency TT reports.

Two years earlier, approximately one in five in the same group was jobless. Over the past few years, unemployment among young people born abroad has increased by 3 per cent, while Swedish born youngsters have seen unemployment go down by 10 %.

According to the Employment Office's head of prognosis, Tord Strannefors, many young immigrants have a "fragile education background", which makes it hard for them to take advantage of the improvement in the economy.

Currently, the unemployment stands at 7,9 % of the labour market. That is 1,6 percentage points less than the same time last year.