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Policy for better matching, enhanced skills and improved working conditions

Everyone in Sweden who can work should work. Accordingly, more
employment opportunities must be created. Even though more jobs than
ever are waiting to be filled, some 350 000 people are unemployed.
When vacant positions are not filled, companies are forced to turn down
business. When the right skills are lacking, more people become trapped in long-term unemployment.

The objective of the Government's policy is to improve matching in the labour market and strengthen people's professional skills to meet labour market needs. Better education and training opportunities during a period of unemployment will help prepare people for today's and tomorrow's jobs. Labour market policy plays a major role for all of the almost five million people in Sweden who have a job.

To prevent unemployment from being a financial catastrophe for the individual and to improve labour market mobility, the Government
has raised the ceiling in the unemployment insurance system. The Government is engaged in comprehensive efforts in both Sweden and the EU to strengthen workers' conditions and improve work environments.

It is prioritising work environment measures by investing in research
on working conditions and health in working life, and by including
the social partners in work environment efforts.

In recent years, Sweden has assumed a major responsibility for taking in
refugees that flee to Europe from terror and war. In 2015, we received
more refugees per capita than any other OECD country has ever done.
This has posed – and continues to pose – a major challenge for Sweden
and the Swedish labour market. But by doing the right thing now,
our country has a lot to gain. We need more people of working age in
both the short and long term. The Government is therefore focusing
on concrete measures that improve the opportunities for newly arrived
women and men to establish themselves in the labour market and
society, and so contribute to Sweden's development.

Ylva Johansson
Minister for Employment and Integration