Employment rate in Sweden 2018, by age group

The employment rate in Sweden increased since the lowest point in 2010, reaching the highest point of the period in 2018 when the employment rate was 68.5 percent. The highest employment rate was among people from 45 to 54 years, where it was 89.1 percent, and lowest among 65 to 74 years, where it was 17.3 percent.

Higher employment rate among men

     The employment rate for men and women in Sweden basically followed the same pattern during the period from 2008 to 2018. The large difference, however, is that the employment rate among men was higher than the employment rate among women, for all years in the period. In 2018, both men’s and women’s employment were at the highest level, when it was 70.7 percent for men and 66.3 percent for women.  

Employment types

   The majority of the employed in Sweden were permanent employees amounting to around 3.9 million in 2018. Around 7.6 thousand were temporary employees, and around 4.9 thousand were self-employed or family workers.

Employment rate in Sweden in 2018, by age group

Employment rate
65-74 years17.3%
55-64 years78%
45-54 years89.1%
35-44 years88.7%
25-34 years82.7%
20-24 years63.7%
15-19 years24.4%
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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period


Age group

15-74 years

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