Unemployment continues to fall

Unemployment in Sweden is continuing to fall, but the number of long-term jobless is continuing to grow, Swedish Radio News reports.

According to new figures from the Employment Service, 404,000 people were unemployed in February, that is down 16,000 compared to the same month last year, but according to analysts at the Employment Service, it is young people and people that have only been unemployed a short time that are getting the new jobs. People born outside of Europe, or who have been unemployed for a long time are having more difficulty.

35,000 people are now in the final stage of the government's back-to-work scheme, meaning they have been unemployed for more than 450 days. It involves working for companies, but being paid by the state.