• Sweden edition
 
Swedish unemployment rises in April

Swedish unemployment rises in April

Published: 25 May 2010 10:34 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 May 2010 10:34 GMT+02:00

The number aged 15-74-years-old and engaged in gainful employment amounted to 4,465,000 in April, showing no statistical change on last April.

In April 2009 unemployment amounted to 8.3 percent of the workforce with the April 2010 monthly change indicating that unemployment has not yet peaked, the report from Statistics Sweden (SCB) shows.

"Unemployment, both in the number of unemployed and as a share of the workforce, is still increasing," SCB writes.

For employment indicators the figures are however showing a slight positive trend, especially among men.

"Unemployment is climbing faster than expected. The employment forecast is broadly in line with what we had expected. This can indicate that the unemployment figure climbed as a result of temporary effects," said SEB analyst Olle Holmgren.

Holmgren explained that the unexpectedly high unemployment figure could be as a result of the number of full time students who are looking for work over the summer.

"It seems that a large part of the increase in unemployment is due to full-time students, who are looking for summer jobs. This can have a tendency to significantly impact the monthly figures, he added.

The strong stock market reaction in morning trading on Tuesday, with tumbling krona and interest rates, is explained by Olle Holmgren to have deeper lying causes and is not directly related to the unemployment figures.

"The market has started to question the global recovery. The release of another figure which further supports this pushes the market down," he said.

The Social Democrat economic affairs spokesperson, Thomas Östros, has called the figures worrying, and argued that it indicates that the government's policies are not working.

"It was a major and decisive mistake of the government to present a spring budget without any stimulating measures. This is a government which has abdicated its responsibility," said Östros, who predicted that this would be a key issue in the September general election.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

12:20 May 25, 2010 by Jan M
Not sure what it says about the government's policies. As a general point though, policies that are intended to benefit business don't necessarily create jobs. A successful business is based on a high gearing of company earnings to wages. Put more simply the fewer that are employed and the lower the wages the better as long as customers still buy the products. Don't necessarily equate business friendly politics to jobs. Margaret Thatcher was extremely pro-business but unemployments rocketed until they recalculates the figures based on those eligible for benefits rather than those without work - there's a massive difference in the UK ~5million in fact.
12:31 May 25, 2010 by miss79
The Social Democrat economic affairs spokesperson, Thomas Östros, has called the figures worrying, and argued that it indicates that the government's policies are not working.

right!
12:40 May 25, 2010 by bas
Not surprisingly since running proper HR departments does not exist in businesses in Sweden neither accepting English resumes.
12:52 May 25, 2010 by calebian22
Why would Swedish businesses look favorably on an applicant who is too lazy to translate their CV to Swedish? Unless English is a requirement for the job there is no reason to accept English CV's. Learn Swedish.
12:55 May 25, 2010 by glamelixir
We all have to know Swedish if we are living in Sweden, that is out of the question.

Still we have to admit that Swedish human resources does not exist at all.
13:03 May 25, 2010 by bbeynch
The top three comments above represent insincere, freedom cutting, insiduous, tax increasing leftism. The way to solve the unemployment situtaion in Sweden is definitely NOT to permit the useless socialist riff-raff steer the Swedish economy again. They've already proven what they stand for with State control of every aspect of our lives. Send Mona a clear message at the ballot box in september!
13:23 May 25, 2010 by AndreaGerak
Is it only my understanding that this article contradicts to the one 2 weeks before? See the first related link: Unemployment falls for first time since crisis
13:55 May 25, 2010 by Rick Methven
@beynch

Still the lone nazi voice crying in the wilderness.

Get a life or better still get out of Sweden
14:05 May 25, 2010 by bbeynch
@Methven: You're falling right into my trap and prove an important point. Why is it that you, and some other elements hostile to a traditional Swedish society always yell "nazis" as a counter argument. Anyone you do not agree with is an instant "nazi". Is "nazi" your only argument? What other words have you learned?
14:12 May 25, 2010 by Hindustani786
Lol AndreaGerak.

That is what i am surprised :)
14:41 May 25, 2010 by Rick Methven
beynch

You have been baned so many times for your nasty racist super race posts. Most reasoned people have long got the measure of you you are a nasty bigot
14:58 May 25, 2010 by curiousaboutwriting
And with these STATISTICS I dont see why one would like to BRING IN MORE IMMIGRANTS when the already existing population has failed to translate into economics. How on earth are you gonna sustain the thousands of UNEDUCATED BUNCH that comes in? let alone educating them?

More strategic planning and opportunity creations should be availed for the already existing to create more taxes for the NATION.
18:12 May 25, 2010 by Luke35711
This is all about faltering global recovery and double-dip recession that many predicted. This has nothing to do with who is currently in power locally. Too bad, because in this unstable climate, it's essentially impossible to judge anybody's policies based on evidence. Shame on economics for being such a primitive science. We steer our entire societies based on "wisdom" that has less empirical support, and has undergone less testing than washing powder or toilet paper.
20:21 May 25, 2010 by Jan M
Having said that without Norway there'd be another 150,000 or so on that total.
20:47 May 25, 2010 by TIMBER
Every one who is jobless should come to Gavle! I have a small business here and have called the job centre TWICE to say I have a vacancy AND they dont even call back when the said they would. Unemploymet, any wonder.

A friend here in Sweden complained about how could you compete with a competitor business in china where you can at any time of the day or night call and some one always answer the phone, he said how are we suppose to complete with that? Thats called working and good customer service...
15:27 May 26, 2010 by flintis
Obviously an idea from the loony lefties, or should I say the closet commies!

It was stated only the other day that the retirement of "40 talisterna" would create 1.3 millions jobs. Somebody's got their commie pants in a twist.

Wouldn't be suprised if they've sneaked in 1.7 million Albanians just to change the numbers.
18:35 May 26, 2010 by Luke35711
It's all about GROUPTHINK. Source of strength in the past, but a source of weakness under current conditions.
00:06 June 2, 2010 by wxman
Without naming post names, it seems there are a few here who will go down fighting reality to the end. Sad.
Today's headlines
National
Swedish airfares to get cheaper in 2015

Swedish airfares to get cheaper in 2015

Sweden is set to buck the European trend of rising air prices with fares expected to drop next year according to a new report. READ  

National
Swede's homemade submarine nets fortune
Eric Westerberg's homemade submarine Isabelle. Photo: PS.nu

Swede's homemade submarine nets fortune

A Swedish submarine enthusiast who spent over 3,500 hours making his own vessel has sold his prized possession for 705,000 kronor ($98,500) in an online auction. READ  

National
Cops reported for making 'Roma' comment

Cops reported for making 'Roma' comment

Police in northern Sweden have been reported to the Equality Ombudsman for describing a wanted suspect as having a "Roma appearance." READ  

Donald Duck and Zlatan get Swedish votes
A political career for Zlatan? Some fans seem to want to see that. Photo: Peter Dejong/TT

Donald Duck and Zlatan get Swedish votes

The Bilderberg Group, the Satanic Initiative and Adolf Hitler all received votes in Sweden’s general election, according to a list released by the country’s electoral authority. READ  

Sport
Stockholm fails bid to host Euro 2020 games
The Swedish team in action. Photo: TT

Stockholm fails bid to host Euro 2020 games

Sweden's capital has missed out on a chance to host any Euro 2020 games, with Copenhagen the only Scandinavian city among the thirteen winning locations. READ  

Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests
Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala, is the first woman to head the Swedish church. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Vicar: God rejects fans of women priests

A Swedish priest has been fired after telling his congregation that people who support female priests would be rejected by God - despite the fact that his own church is led by a woman. READ  

Analysis
Women set to dominate top post-election jobs
Margot Wallström (right) could become Stefan Löfven's new Minister of Foreign Affairs. Photo: TT

Women set to dominate top post-election jobs

Sweden could soon get a female Foreign Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt's ousted Moderate Party is preparing for its first woman leader and the grandmother of actor Hugh Grant's son is being tipped as Parliament's next Speaker. READ  

National
Sweden protests over Russian plane incursions
A Gripen plane was scrambled to see off the Russian planes. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Sweden protests over Russian plane incursions

UPDATED: Sweden has summoned the Russian Ambassador for a dressing down after two Russian planes violated Swedish airspace last week. READ  

Elections 2014
'Good prospects' for Alliance co-operation

'Good prospects' for Alliance co-operation

UPDATED: Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven says he is positive that his party can co-operate with the former governing Alliance on some issues. READ  

Lifestyle
Introducing...Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking comes to live at the Astrid Lindgren theme park. Photo: TT

Introducing...Astrid Lindgren

The creator of Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren, is the most translated author from Sweden, and has filled children's imaginations since the 1940s. The Local finds out why her work has become a timeless classic. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
The 'black gold' of Sweden's west coast.
National
West Sweden prepares for the 2014 lobster premiere
Society
What's on in Sweden
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Gallery
Property of the week - Eskilstuna
Blog updates

20 September

How a Frog Can Save the Environment (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"What we do we imagine when we think of children enjoying nature? Perhaps it’s fishing, marveling at lightning bugs on a muggy July day or blowing on the wispy petals of a dandelion to make a special wish. But perhaps most iconic of the playful innocence in childhood is hopping after and trying to catch..." READ »

 

19 September

Editor’s blog (The Local Sweden) »

"Happy Friday readers! It sure has been a exciting week in Sweden, where we’re set to get a new Prime Minister after Fredrik Reinfeldt stepped down following Sunday’s elections. The Local blogged live from the key political gatherings across Stockholm. Why not re-visit the action by taking a look at our photos, tweets, videos and analysis? Since the..." READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

869
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN