While Swedish unemployment figures have seen a slight decline on average, there still remains a massive discrepancy between the unemployment rate of native Swedes and those born overseas.
The new figures, released by the Swedish Public Employment Service, show that unemployment across the country has gone down from 7.3 percent last year to 6.9 percent.
For native Swedes the unemployment rate has declined from 3.9 to 3.6 percent, which if taken alone would give native Swedes one of the lowest unemployment rates in the European Union, tied with Hungary and only being beaten by Germany and the Czech Republic according to Eurostat figures from June of this year.
While the foreign-born unemployment rate has seen a slight decline as well, it remains much higher than the native Swedish rate at 19.9 percent, down from 21.8 percent in 2017. When compared to other European Union countries, only Greece has such a high rate with 20.2