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Sweden continues to relax about foreign-born employees as the job market welcome them more

Thursday, 07 February 2013
More people in Sweden with a foreign background are getting into the job market today than a few years before.

According to a new data from the Swedish statistic office, Statistic Sweden (SCB), the number of people employed among foreign-born persons continued to increase. In Sweden within the fourth quarter of 2012 the number of employed persons aged 15-74 amounted to 4 658 000, an increase of 30 000 persons compared to the same quarter in 2011. Among them, the number of employed among foreign-born persons increased by 23 000.

Swedish unemployment was 7.3 percent, an increase of 0.4 percentage points. Unemployment of men was 7.6 percent, an increase of 0.5 percentage points, while for women it amounted to 7.0 percent. The number outside the labour force due to illness decreased by 0.4 percentage points and amounted to 4.5 percent of the population.

The SCB's Labour Force Survey for the fourth quarter also adds that the employment rate of the population (employment) amounted to 65.3 percent. The group not in the labour force totalled 2,105,000 people. The number of sick in the labour force totalled 319,000.
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