The number of hours worked is the highest since records began in 1963, according to Statistics Sweden, a record that can be partly explained by simple population growth.
But increased job creation and falling unemployment have also led to a marked rise in the number of hours worked, as has the fact that September is traditionally a month in which people don’t take holidays.
Moreover, fewer people than before are taking sick leave following a recent clampdown from social welfare authorities.
Unemployment continued to fall in September , with 195,000 people, or 4.2 percent of the workforce, registered as openly unemployed. This constituted a considerable drop on last year’s figures, when 225,000 people (4.9 percent) were classified as openly unemployed.