More jobs make little impact on unemployment

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Sweden’s Labor Market Board (AMS) is set to announce on Monday that the agency has received more than 300,000 job openings since the start of the year, the highest number since the early 1990s.


“It is a rise in all sectors, everywhere from machine operators, process operators, builders, craftsmen, even restaurant personnel and transport,” said Bo Bylund, spokesman for AMS.

The largest increases were in the Stockholm and Jönköping areas. The lowest growth was seen in Varmland and Västerbotten. Numbers are based on those from the same period last fall.

Even though the jobs are coming, the unemployment rate has not gone down. Bylund said those coming out of school are taking these jobs, preventing those who are defined as unemployed from finding work.

Even recruitment companies such as Manpower have noticed a change.

“The rise came pretty fast and we think it will continue with strong growth,” said Katarina Söderstedt, spokeswoman at Manpower.

So far this year, Manpower has hired 4,000 people and still have not arranged for all of the personnel companies have demanded.


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