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Unemployment rises again in Sweden

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Unemployment rises again in Sweden
14:17 CEST+02:00
Over 400,000 people remain out of work according to the latest unemployment figures released by the Swedish employment agency with Trollhättan on the west coast worst affected with a 15.7 rate compared to 8.5% nationally.

"Unemployment continues to change very little," said Susanna Okeke of the Swedish Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) in a press statement.

A total of 402,172 of the registered workforce remain without a job in figures collected at the end of September. That is a slight increase of 9,352 or 0.1% compared to the same period last year.

Worst affected was Trollhättan municipality which has almost twice the national average of unemployment with 15.7% out of work. According to the figures 4,391 registered residents of Trollhättan don't presently have work.

Youth unemployment has decreased in the last 12 months by 4,000 to 96,000. Those worst off are in Blekinge province, southern Sweden, which has a 28.7% rate of youth unemployment.

By contrast Stockholm county has the lowest youth unemployment rate with 11.3%.

"The results for September show that the number of people who were given notice was fewer than the same month last year and the number who went to work was slightly more," added Okeke.

Advertised jobs were on the increase by 1,930 to 48,840 and an additional 10,206 took part in employment training boosting that figure to 184,477 in comparison to September 2012.

Further, a total of 50,077 found work compared to 46,156 last year.

The figures follow a heated TV debate between Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and election rival Stefan Löfven where unemployment was one of the main topics.

Earlier this week The Local revealed that a fifth of all young people working in Oslo are Swedish which is a twenty fold increase in two decades.

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