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Labor Shortage Hits Stockholm Hardest

79 925 jobs within the private sector in Sweden has not been able to be fulfilled during 2017. Stockholm is the one region with a record high of available jobs compared to its share of the Swedish population.

- The historically high labor shortage especially affects the capital region, Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, chief economist of the Stockholm Chamber says.

The Chamber has analyzed the amount of available jobs within the private sector. During the year of 2017, as much as 79 925 jobs were available within the private sector, a considerable increase compared to previous years.

As much as 37% of these jobs are unfulfilled in Stockholm, a region that make up 23% of the total population of Sweden.

This means that Stockholm has an index value of 1,61 in a calculation where 1,0 means that the region’s size and share of the labor shortage are equal. All other regions in Sweden score below 1,0.

- Considering that Stockholm is the country’s growth-engine, there is reason to be concerned when the lack of labor so clearly impacts the region. When the private sector cannot recruit, growth and development becomes even more difficult. In the long run, it also becomes a national problem when the growth-engine begins to falter, Andreas Hatzigeorgiou says.

From 2014 the amount of job vacancies in Stockholm has increased by about 55%, from 19 064 to 29 653.

- Stockholm has had a strong growth, and the labor shortage is clearly higher and the amount of job vacancies is also accelerating. That is why politics must put an end to deportations of competence, make it easier for businesses to recruit globally, as well as invest in education, Andreas Hatzigeorgiou says.

Rank

Amount of available jobs, private sector, 2017

Index

1.

Stockholms län

1,61

2.

Västsverige

0,9

3.

Småland och öarna

0,88

4.

Sydsverige

0,87

5.

Norra Mellansverige

0,83

6.

Östra Mellansverige

0,82

7.

Övre Norrland

0,6

8.

Mellersta Norrland

0,5

 

Rank.

Region.

Jobs available (private sector) 2017

% of labor shortage

% of population

1.

Stockholm

29 653

37 %

23 %

2.

Västsverige

14 650

18 %

20 %

3.

Östra Mellansverige

10 927

14 %

17 %

4.

Sydsverige

10 438

13 %

15 %

5.

Småland och öarna

5 610

7 %

8 %

6.

Norra Mellansverige

4 179

5 %

6 %

7.

Övre Norrland

2 567

3 %

5 %

8.

Mellersta Norrland

1 900

2%

4 %

Source: SCB, 2017

County in respektive region:

Stockholm: Stockholm.
Västsverige: Västra Götaland, Halland.
Östra Mellansverige: Uppsala, Södermanland, Östergötland, Örebro, Västmanland.
Sydsverige: Skåne, Blekinge.
Småland och öarna: Jönköping, Kronoberg, Kalmar, Gotland.
Norra Mellansverige: Värmland, Dalarna, Gävleborg.
Övre Norrland: Västerbotten, Norrbotten.
Mellersta Norrland: Västernorrland, Jämtland.