Rapid rise in unemployment claims

The number of people receiving unemployment assistance in Sweden in July was up 30 percent on the same month last year, according to new figures from the Swedish Unemployment Insurance Board (Inspektionen för arbetslöshetsförsäkringen - IAF).

July saw almost 160,000 people receive unemployment assistance, around the same figure as the previous month but up sharply from 123,500 in July 2008.

Slightly more men (80,500) than women (79,500) are receiving benefits from the country’s various unemployment insurance funds (a-kassa).

In all, the a-kassa organisations paid out 1.7 billion kronor ($120 million) in July, up 200,000 kronor on the previous month, according to IAF.

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