A Bleak Economic Outlook For Sweden

The state of the Swedish economy , already hit by falling growth and output, will decline sharply this year with 250 000 jobs set to disappear by the end of 2010.

In its latest forecast, the National Institute of Economic Research says that GDP will drop by 3.9 percent and grow by just 0.9 percent in 2010.

The manufacturing sector will be hardest hit by the quarter of a million job losess , accounting for half of the jobs lost. Unemployment is expected to be at its highest since the crisis of the 1990’s, reaching 10.7 percent in 2010.

The Institute forecasts that Sweden’s exporting industries will experience the most dramatic deterioration with the number of exports set to plunge by almost 15 percent this year.

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