Labour market

This policy area concerns measures to get young people into work, to improve matching of jobseekers and job vacancies, labour market policy programmes, well-functioning unemployment insurance and the European Social Fund.

Responsible for labour market

Responsible minister

Ylva Johansson
Ylva Johansson Minister for Employment and Integration

Responsible ministry

News about labour market

  • Ministry of Employment initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2017

    Photo: Ministry of Finance/Government Offices

    In the Budget Bill for 2017, the Government is investing in an active labour market policy for increased employment, strengthened skills supply in elderly care in particular, and improved unemployment insurance for part-time unemployed people. The Government is also intensifying efforts to better enable new arrivals to quickly become established in working and community life. More investments will be made in early measures for asylum seekers and increased resources for the introduction system.

  • European high-level meeting on young people’s establishment in the labour market

    Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister of Health and Labour Estonia, Tom Bevers, Chairman of the Employment Committe of the European Union, Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment Sweden, Melanie Leonhard, State Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Family and Integration Hamburg Germany, José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Portugal, Michel Servoz, Director-General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Commission and Jørn Neergard Larsen, Minister for Employment Denmark in front of Rosersbergs slott.
    Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister of Health and Labour Estonia, Tom Bevers, Chairman of the Employment Committe of the European Union, Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment Sweden, Melanie Leonhard, State Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Family and Integration Hamburg Germany, José António Vieira da Silva, Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Portugal, Michel Servoz, Director-General of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion European Commission and Jørn Neergard Larsen, Minister for Employment Denmark. Photo: Sören Andersson/Government Offices

    Youth unemployment is a high-priority issue for the Government. As a part of work on the European Employment Strategy, Minister for Employment Ylva Johansson initiated a high-level meeting in Stockholm to discuss young people’s situation in the labour market. On 18-19 February five European ministers responsible for labour market issues met for a High Level Learning Exchange on ‘Designing and implementing effective strategies to support the integration and retention in the labour market of youth at risk’.

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