Official unemployment down

Unemployment fell in August, according to official figures from AMS, the Swedish Labour Market Administration.

7.4 percent of the working-age population were either on unemployment benefits or were taking part in labour market programmes, AMS said. The figures represent a fall of some 17,000 people compared with August 2005.

The number of job vacancies advertised with AMS rose to 53,000 during the month – the highest number for August since 1990.

“The developments are in line with other statistics that show economic growth and growing employment,” said AMS boss Bo Bylund.

The AMS statistics do not include the number of people on sick pensions and long-term sick leave. Nor do they include people who are studying but who would prefer to be in work.

Of the one million people of working age who were living on state benefits in 2005, only 270,000 were in open unemployment.