Unemployment unchanged in May

New unemployment figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB) for the month of May show no increase in the number of unemployed for first time in 18 months, with 434,000 people out of work, corresponding to 8.8 percent of the workforce.

Unemployment unchanged in May

The number of unemployed aged 15-74 amounted to 434 000 people in May 2010, of these 236 000 were men and 198 000 women. Compared to May 2009 the differences are not statistically significant.

“It is the first time in a year and a half that there is no increase from a yearly perspective,” SCB wrote in a statement on Tuesday.

Full-time students accounted for 40 percent, or 175,000, of the figure.

Among young people aged aged 15-24, 27.8 percent or 176,000 were unemployed, out of which 64 percent, or 112 000, were full-time students.

A total of 145,000 people, around a third of total unemployment, were in long-term unemployment.

The SCB figures indicate that there remain differences between the sexes, with unemployment among men showing a slight decrease to 9.1 percent, while the trend in unemployment among women continues to climb, to 8.5 percent.

According to the seasonally adjusted data, the number of employed persons aged 15-74 amounted to 4.514 million in May 2010, representing a continuation of the trend observed during the previous months, where the increase is occurring among men. Among women the previous decline in the number of employed persons has ceased.

The data shows that the employment rate in May 2010 was 64.4 percent, which is in line with the development in April. Again the trend for men is slightly positive, while for women it is still slightly negative.

The labour market in May included 4.948 million people according to the seasonally adjusted data, showing a positive trend for both sexes.

According to the data the labour force rate (the labour force share of the population) amounted to 70.5 percent.

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Sweden’s most popular baby names revealed

While Alice remained the most common name for baby girls in Sweden for the third year running, William was dethroned as the most popular boys' name for the first time in years, new statistics show.

Sweden's most popular baby names revealed
Last year, 903 baby girls born in Sweden were named Alice, compared to 938 Alices in 2012, according to Statistics Sweden's (SCB) annual compilation released on Tuesday.
But the name William, which enjoyed top spot for the past two years, was replaced by Lucas, which shot up from third place in 2012. Lucas was given to 935 babies in 2013, compared to 915 little Williams. 
Just over a dozen points behind was Oscar, in third place, and one point behind that was Oliver (see the full top ten below).
As for the girls, Alice was followed by Maja, Elsa, and Ella. 
In the top 100 list for the girls, several names cropped up for the very first time, including Hilma, Ellinor, Sally, Melina, and Nicole. For the boys, new names included Louie and Tor.
In a breakdown of counties around Sweden, Alice was the most popular name in 11 of the total 21 counties. Stockholmers preferred the letter O, with the most popular baby names in the capital Olivia and Oscar.
Top ten girls' names in 2013, with total number.
1. Alice – 903
2. Maja – 767
3. Elsa – 766
4. Ella – 700
5. Julia – 687
6. Ebba – 663
7. Alicia – 625
8. Olivia – 616
9. Alva – 607
10. Wilma – 600
Top ten boys' names in 2013, with total number.
1. Lucas – 935
2. William – 915
3. Oscar – 901
4. Oliver – 800
5. Hugo – 749
6. Charlie – 716
7. Liam – 708
8. Alexander – 694
9. Axel – 677
10. Elias – 676