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Sweden grants additional funds to jobs agency

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10:24 CEST+02:00
The Swedish government has announced that it will increase funding to the jobs agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) in 2015, primarily to cover personnel costs but also to prevent long-term unemployment.

Administrative grants to the agency will be hiked by 200 million kronor ($28 million) in 2015, the government said, and by an additional 100 million in 2016.

In 2014 Sweden granted just over 6.4 million to the agency. The funds are intended to cover administrative and personnel costs.

The government also plans to stake more mone on "early intervention" programmes for those at particular risk of long-term unemployment.

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On Friday the Social Democrat party presented their own job scheme, a 90-day job guarantee for youth with a price tag of 6 billion kronor.

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