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Improvement in labour market situation for women in Sweden

Staff writer |
In March 2016, 4,833,000 persons aged 15-74 were employed in Sweden, not seasonally adjusted.

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This is an increase of 66,000 compared to March 2015, of whom 60,000 were women. The number of unemployed persons amounted to 406,000 persons and the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent.

The number of hours worked averaged 149.4 per week. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows a slightly declining increase in employment while the unemployment rate, which amounted to 7.1 percent, no longer decreases.

In March 2016 the number of employed persons aged 15-74 amounted to 4,833,000, not seasonally adjusted. This corresponds to an increase of 66,000 persons when compared to March 2015, of whom 60,000 were women. The employment rate was 66.2 percent.

Among women the employment rate increased by 1.2 percentage points and amounted to 64.8 percent and among men it was 67.5 percent.

Compared to previous months the smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows a slightly declining increase in the number of employed persons as well as in the employment rate.

In March 2016 the number of employed persons amounted to 4,890,000 which corresponds to an employment rate of 67.0 percent.

In March 2016 the number of permanently employed aged 15-74 amounted to 3 650,000, not seasonally adjusted. This is an increase of 83,000 compared to March 2015, of whom 62,000 were women. At the same time the number of persons working full time increased by 87,000; of this increase, 56,000 were women.

The number of temporarily employed persons amounted to 679,000. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data also shows a continued large increase in the number of permanently employed. Changes remain small for the number of temporarily employed persons.

On average, the number of hours worked in March 2016 amounted to 149.4 million per week, not seasonally adjusted. When differences in holidays are taken into account, there was no statistically significant change from March 2015.

Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows a weak increase in the number of hours worked. In March 2016 the number of hours worked amounted to 147.4 million per week.

In March 2016 the number of unemployed persons aged 15-74 amounted to 406,000, not seasonally adjusted. The unemployment rate amounted to 7.7 percent. Among women the unemployment rate decreased by 0.9 percentage points and amounted to 6.9 percent and among men it was 8.5 percent.

Among young persons aged 15-24 the number of unemployed persons was 144,000, of whom 98,000 were full time students. The unemployment rate was 22.6 percent.

Among people aged 15-74, smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows that the number of unemployed and the unemployment rate no longer decrease compared with previous months; this is explained by an increase in the unemployment rate among men.

Among women the unemployment rate continues to decrease. The number of unemployed persons amounted to 373,000, corresponding to an unemployment rate of 7.1 percent.


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