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The construction of the employment office was set up during the days of full employment, and might have served other purposes then. Since Sweden entered the club of large unemployment policy they largely handle the unemployment, checking that unemployed reaches various checks for unemployment aid (like not studying) and sending unemployed on various courses and programs, content depending on political trends.

The only useful service they provide for a student wanting a part-time job is the employment database, which is online and does not require any registration.

As an anecdote, a friend of mine who had not grasped the system tried to register at the unemployment office despite studying and described a dialogue that went:

  • You study so you do not qualify for any unemployemnt benefits.
  • I do not want benefits, I want a job.
  • Are you going to drop your studies?
  • No, but I also want a job.
  • But then you do not qualify for any unemployemnt benefits.

He left unregistered.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon May 23rd, 2011 at 03:04:35 PM EST
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