Unemployment rate in Sweden 2019, by age group

The unemployment rate in Sweden decreased since 2013 when it was eight percent, to 6.8 percent in 2019. The unemployment rate was highest among the young population from 15 to 19 years, where 31.6 percent were unemployed. From 35 years onwards, the unemployment rate decreased over the age groups.   

Higher unemployment rate among men

        There is a slight difference in the unemployment rate among the genders. The unemployment among women was lower than among men for many years, however, in 2019 unemployment among women exceeded that of men. That year, the unemployment rate for men amounted to 6.7 percent, while 6.9 percent of the women were unemployed.  

Unemployment benefits

      Unemployed individuals in Sweden have the possibility to receive unemployment benefits (A-kassa). To receive the benefits, 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. In 2018, almost 224 thousand individuals in Sweden received these unemployment benefits.

Unemployment rate in Sweden in 2019, by age group

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January 2020



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