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Employment rate

Percent of the population, 15-74 years, seasonally adjusted and smoothed

Time series on the employment rate, persons 15-74 years

As from 1 January 2021, the Swedish LFS is in compliance with the new EU framework regulation on social statistics (Regulation (EU) 2019/1700 of the European Parliament and of the Council). The size of the break in the time series has not yet been determined and we advise against comparisons of statistics between 2021 and previous years. Work on possible linking is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. For further information, see

Definitions and explanations

The employment rate refers to the proportion of people in the population aged 15–74 years who are in employment. An employed person is a person who, during a certain week (reference week) performed some work for at least one hour as an employee, a self-employed person, or as a helper in a company belonging to a family member. People who did not perform any work as described above, but who were in employment or work that they were temporarily absent from during the entire reference week (for reasons such as holiday or illness) are also counted as employed persons.

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