Sweden - Employment shortages become manifest - October 31, 2017

Even after a record inflow of migrants over the past three years that boosted the country’s population to above 10 million, businesses are having hard times finding skilled workers. The central bank stated that unemployment is at about the same level as before the global financial crisis while the number of job openings and job vacancies has doubled in that period. The labour shortage may also be good news for the central Riksbank, which is counting on faster wage increases to boost inflation. According to the National Institute of Economic Research, pay growth has been anaemic for years, holding at below 3% since 2012.

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