Unemployment falls again

Sweden's official unemployment rate in November dipped to 4.3 percent, down from 4.6 percent in October and from 5.0 percent in November a year ago, Statistics Sweden said on Thursday.

The number of people registered as unemployed stood at 199,000 during November, compared to 211,000 in the previous month, while employment amounted to 4.37 million, a rise of 66,000 from November 2005.

November’s fall in unemployment was attributed to strong growth in temporary employment and the construction sector, Statistics Sweden said.

The figures do not fully conform to the EU-harmonised Labour Force Survey as the data omit certain groups of unemployed people.

The centre-right government which came to power in September’s general elections has pledged to alter the way in which the figure is calculated.

The government has said that the current statistics do not reflect the real situation on the labour market and has forecast an annual unemployment rate for 2006 of 8.7 percent and 7.7 percent for 2007.