Economy

Joblessness Lower Than Last Month

Fewer people in Sweden are now registered as unemployed. And the number of job openings has risen, according to new figures from the Swedish Public Employment Service.

However, 406,000 people are still without work, and that's a total of 8.1 percent of the workforce. That is lower than the month before, but higher than a year ago.

Lena Liljebäck from the Employment Service told Swedish Radio news that the rise has to do with the fact that those who have been unemployed for a long time have trouble coming back on the job market.

Meanwhile, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reindfeldt told news agency TT that the rise in long-term unemployment is because people who had gone into early retirement or been on sick leave are now looking for work.

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