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Håkan Gustavsson is head of forecasts at the employment service. Credit: Maja Suslin/TT

Almost all new jobs go to immigrants

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Most Swedish workplaces, from private companies to public schools and hospitals, have only grown in size in 2017, because of being able to recruit foreign-born workers, according to new figures from the Employment Service.

Nine out of ten new jobs in the public sector and all the new jobs in manufacturing have gone to people born abroad last year, says Håkan Gustavsson at the national employment service Arbetsförmedlingen. In all, eight out of 10 new jobs went to immigrants last year.

But Håkan Gustavsson also says unemployment overall is not falling much, because the people who came to Sweden in very large numbers in 2014 and 2015, are only just now getting their personal ID numbers and being counted as part of the labour market.

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