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Poll: training trumps tax cuts for job creation

Published on: 12 May 2008 17:25 CET

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The results of the study, conducted by the Sifo polling company, also show that few Swedes believe lowering the income replacement levels provided by unemployment insurance (a-kassa) is an effective way to get more people working.

Over half of those polled responded that career training for the unemployed and education programs for jobs which currently lack sufficient numbers of qualified applicants are the most important measures.

Also high on the list was collaboration between politicians, employers, and venture capital funding for small companies.

However, Swedes expressed less confidence for several of the measures featured in the government’s current pro-work policies.

Barely one in ten respondents believes that reducing unemployment benefits will create more jobs. Even fewer think that tax rebates for household services, the scrapping of the wealth tax, or higher fees for unemployment insurance are measures which will increase employment.

The study, the results of which were published in both the Svenska Dagbladet and Dagens Nyheter newspapers, was commissioned by the Social Democrats ahead of the party’s conference on labour policy.

TT/The Local(news@thelocal.se)