The Swedish Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen. File photo: Yvonne Åsell/TT
The Swedish Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen. File photo: Yvonne Åsell/TT

Unemployment levels falling in Sweden

"Demand for labor is stronger in branches where women work."
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Unemployment in Sweden is continuing to fall, according to new figures from the Swedish Employment Service.

At the end of December 2014, 385,000 people were either unemployed or in labour market programmes, which means relative unemployment of 8.1 percent, according to news agency TT. That is down 0.5 percentage points from the same time in 2013, when 26,000 more people were unemployed.

"The labour market is continuing to improve, especially for people who have been unemployed for a short time", Mats Wadman from the Swedish Employment Service says, "we are seeing signs that unemployment isn't falling as quickly as in the past, though."

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