Unemployment rate in Sweden 2009-2019

The unemployment rate in Sweden decreased since 2013, when it was eight percent, down to 6.3 percent in 2018. However, the employment rate increased in 2019, when it was measured at 6.8 percent. The unemployment rate among men has been higher than for women for many years, but in 2019 it was 6.7 percent, which was 0.2 percentage point lower than the 6.9 percent among women. The highest unemployment rate in Sweden in this period was 8.6 percent, which occurred in 2010 and was a result of the 2008 financial crisis.  

Unemployment benefits

     As unemployed in Sweden, there is a possibility to receive unemployment benefits (A-kassa). To receive these benefits, the unemployed person needs to be registered at the Swedish Public Employment Service, needs to be ready to take on a job at any time, and needs to have had a job for at least six months during the last year. In 2018, almost 224 thousand individuals in Sweden received these unemployment benefits.

Kommunalarbetarnas had the most recipients

     The unemployment benefit system in Sweden is administrated by 27 different insurance systems, based on the occupation of the employed or unemployed. Kommunalarbetarnas (the Municipal workers’) was the unemployment insurance that paid out unemployment benefits to the most recipients in 2018, amounting to around 45 thousand.

Unemployment 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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