Unemployment rate in Sweden 2018, by age group

The unemployment rate in Sweden decreased since 2013 when it was 8 percent, to 6.3 percent in 2018. The unemployment rate was highest among the young population from 15 to 19 years, where 27.3 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, and in 2018 it was 6.3 percent, which is one percentage point higher than the 6.4 percent unemployment among men.  

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.
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Unemployment rate in Sweden in 2018, by age group
Unemployment rate
65-74 years2.1%
55-64 years4.2%
45-54 years5%
35-44 years6.5%
25-34 years16.8%
20-24 years12.3%
15-19 years27.3%
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