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Limiting Long-Term Unemployment and Non-Participation in Sweden

  • Niels-Jakob Harbo Hansen

After the onset of the crisis, unemployment in Sweden increased markedly, though much less than expected and than during the early 1990s, even as participation in the labour market held up well. The challenge going forward is to ensure that high unemployment does not become entrenched or leads to withdrawals from the labour force. The government has taken measures to mitigate this risk, particularly in the areas of job-search incentives and enrolment in education. Nevertheless, additional reforms are needed to ensure a sustained job-rich expansion. Such reforms should focus on increasing the flexibility of the labour market and strengthening job-search incentives further. This Working Paper relates to the 2011 OECD Economic Survey of Sweden ( Limiter le Chômage de Longue Durée et la Non-Participation à l'Activité en Suède Après qu’a éclaté la crise, le chômage en Suède a augmenté fortement, bien que beaucoup moins que prévu et que pendant le début des années 90, même si la participation au marché du travail s’est bien maintenue. Le défi pour l’avenir consistera à éviter que le haut niveau de chômage ne perdure ou ne conduise à des retraits de la vie active. Le gouvernement a pris des mesures pour atténuer ce risque, en particulier avec des incitations à la recherche d’emploi et en encourageant le recours à la formation. Néanmoins, d’autres réformes seront nécessaires pour garantir une croissance soutenue riche en emplois. Il faudrait s’attacher à accroître la flexibilité du marché du travail et à renforcer davantage encore les incitations à la recherche d’emploi. Ce document se rapporte à l’Étude économique de la Suède de l’OCDE, 2011 (

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