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Increased gross pay and number of gainfully employed in Sweden

Staff Writer |
Between 2014 and 2015 the number of gainfully employed rose by 1.7 percent to 4 733 202.

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Women constituted 48 percent and men 52 percent of the total number of gainfully employed persons.

Gross pay increased by 4.4 percent compared with the previous year and amounted to SEK 1 559 billion in 2015. Women's pay increased by 4.6 percent and men's pay increased by 4.1 percent.

In 2015, all counties showed increased number of gainfully employed people. The number of gainfully employed persons increased the most in Stockholm County, by 2.2 percent.

Gross pay also increased in Stockholm County, and along with Uppsala County increased the most, by 5.1 percent.

The lowest gross pay increase was 2.5 percent, in Norrbotten County. Norrbotten County also had the smallest increase in the number of gainfully employed people, at 0.3 percent.

Employment intensity, the number of gainfully employed people in relation to the population, was 77.9 percent among people aged 20 to 64 years, which corresponds to an increase of 0.6 percentage points compared with the previous year. The share was higher among women (76.8 percent) than among men (79.0 percent).

Employment intensity increased by 0.8 percentage points among women and by 0.5 percentage points among men. It was the first time in four years that the share of gainfully employed men increased.

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