May 18, 2020 / 10:25 AM / 19 days ago

Swedish labour board says unemployment up to 8.4% in middle of May

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish unemployment rose to 8.4% in middle of May, the Public Employment Service (SPES) said in Monday, as more of those laid off as a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus registered as jobless.

“In total, 431,007 people are registered as jobless, which corresponds to 8.4% unemployment,” SPES said in a statement.

The figure, which measures joblessness in the week ending May 17, compares to 8.3% unemployment at the end of the previous week.

Reporting by Simon Johnson; editing by Johan Ahlander

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