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In January 2017, the inflation rate according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 1.4 percent, down from 1.7 percent in December 2016. The CPI fell by 0.7 percent from December 2016 to January 2017. The CPI normally drops in January as a result of a normal seasonal pattern, in which mainly clothing and footwear prices decrease. In the corresponding period last year, the CPI decreased by 0.3 percent.
The outstanding balance value in debt securities amounted to SEK 7 424 billion at the end of January, which was an increase of SEK 164 billion compared with the previous month. The increased borrowing is relatively evenly distributed between money market instruments and bonds and 66 percent is comprised of debt securities denominated in Swedish kronor.
In 2016, construction of 63 100 dwellings was started in new buildings. This is an increase of 34 percent compared with 2015, when construction of 47 209 dwellings was started.
In January 2017, there were 4 880 000 employed persons aged 15–74, not seasonally adjusted. This was an increase of 90 000 persons compared with January 2016. The number of unemployed persons amounted to 385 000, which corresponds to an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The number of hours worked averaged 148.1 million per week. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows an increase in the employment rate and small changes in the unemployment rate, which was 6.9 percent.
Swedish business inventories decreased by SEK 11.5 billion in constant prices in the fourth quarter. This development corresponds to a decrease of 2.3 percent in volume.
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Many different nationalities
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Stefan Lundgren nominated as Auditor-General
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