Employment and income

Opportunities for entering, and becoming established on, the labour market constitute a central issue in relation to access to welfare and influence.
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This is what we do

We work to find out about the situation faced by young people on the labour market. We also formulate and disseminate methods to assist young people and recent immigrants to become established in employment.

Young today 2013 – a description of young people’s living conditions

In 2012, the number of unemployed young people aged 18–24 lay at an average of 39,612. The number of young unemployed was higher in 2012 than in 2011. The number was higher for both young males and young females, but the increase between the two years was greater for the males. These facts are included in our annual report entitled Young today.

Young people who were born abroad, together with young people with some form of disability and young people who lack further education, occupy a particularly vulnerable position on the labour market and as a rule find it more difficult to obtain employment than other groups of young people.

Over one-quarter of Sweden’s young people aged 18-25 have what is referred to as a “low economic standard”. The corresponding proportion among adults is slightly over one-tenth. The proportion of young people with a low economic standard has remained relatively constant since 2007. The degree of economic differences among young people is on the increase.

Young people who live alone, both with and without children, constitute a particularly vulnerable group in this regard. For single parents, a low economic standard affects not only the young adults themselves but also their children, who are at risk of growing up in poverty.

Employment-focused mentoring for recent immigrants

We have distributed grants to projects that work with employment-focused mentoring. This is a method with the objective of enabling recent immigrants to more easily become established on the Swedish labour market or as self-employed by providing them with new contacts and helping them to retain their existing occupational identities.

Young people not in education, training or employment

The European Social Fund Theme Group Youth produces knowledge about young people not in education, training or employment. The group has a special focus on young people who have left compulsory or further education and are aged between 13 and 29.

In 2011, there were 112,100 individuals aged 16–25 who were not in education, training or employment at any point during the year. This group has comprised a total of over 100,000 individuals every year during the period 2008–2011. The group remains large in both bad times and good times, and corresponds to approximately 8–10 percent of the population of young people each year.

The UVAS analysis model

The Theme Group Youth has developed a new analytical model, UVAS, for producing statistics on the number of young people not in education, training or employment. At the current time, different analytical models are employed to produce these statistics, which makes it difficult to compare statistics from different sources and to know how many young people are actually members of this group.

Navigator centres

A navigator centre is a place that co-ordinates the resources of public sector agencies, municipalities, the business community and associations and organisations in order to assist unemployed young people to find work more quickly.

Our work to support the development of navigator centres was initiated in 2004. The project is now at an end, but the work of the navigator centres continues in many parts of the country.