Immigrant unemployment falls rapidly

According to a report by Sweden’s Employment Service, unemployment among so-called ”new arrival” immigrants to Sweden, those who have lived here for less than three years, has fallen most of all groups in the past twelve months.

The employment rates among those born overseas as a whole, at 60 percent, remained however lower than the Swedish born working population at 82 percent.

According to the service, some 26,000 ”new arrivals” were seeking work in September.

Swedish unemployment for the month fell to 3.3 percent of the workforce, the lowest rate for the month since 1991.

Some 158,000 were out of work in September, a fall of 39,000 or 0.9 percentage points compared to the same month last year.

The Swedish job market has been strong for many months on the back of Sweden’s robust economic growth, the Employment Service warns however that the rate of increase in the numbers finding work is starting to fall.

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