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Unemployment rate in Sweden 2009-2019, by gender

In Sweden, the unemployment rate was eight percent in 2013 but generally decreased over the considered period and was 6.8 percent in 2019. Among men, the unemployment rate was higher than for women for many years. In 2019, however, the rate was 6.7 percent among men, while it was 6.9 percent among women.   

Higher unemployment rate among the younger

      The young population, from 15 to 19 years, had the highest rate of unemployment in 2019. In this age group, the unemployment rate was 31.6 percent. The second highest unemployment rate was in the age group from 20 to 24 years.  

Unemployment benefits

      To be eligible for receiving unemployment benefits in Sweden, the unemployed needs to be registered at the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen), needs to be ready to take a job at any time, and needs to have had a job for at least six months during the last year. Almost 224 thousand individuals in Sweden received unemployment benefits (A-kassa) in 2018.

Unemployment rate in Sweden from 2009 to 2019, by gender

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Age group

15-74 years

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