Employment rate in Sweden 2009-2019

The employment rate in Sweden was down at the lowest point in 2010, when it was 64.4 percent, which was a result of the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. Since then, the employment rate increased every year, reaching the highest rate of the period in both 2018 and 2019 at 68.3 percent each year. During 2018, July was the month when the employment rate was highest, at 70.8 percent.

Increase in the working age population

     The steady increase in the employment rate of the population is partly a result of an increasing population of working age, from 15 to 74 years, during the same period. In 2019, roughly 5.1 million inhabitants in Sweden were employed, which is a number that constantly increased since 2009, when around 4.5 million people were employed.  

Most employed in the private sector

    The largest sector in Sweden in 2018 was the private sector, where around 3.1 million individuals were employed. The municipal sector was the second largest, with around 1.2 million employees.

Employment rate in Sweden from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Age group

15-74 years

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