The labor force for Sweden’s biggest economy shrank by 1.6% in 2017, according to the Central Statistics Office (Kssdag).
The official figures come as Sweden continues to struggle with the ongoing Zika outbreak, which has killed at least 2,000 people in the country.
The country’s unemployment rate rose to 4.8%, the highest in the EU, with the highest rate among large Nordic countries, and at 5.4% in comparison to other major economies, according the OECD.
Sweden’s economy shranked by 1% in the first three months of 2017, the latest data shows.
The economy grew 1.7% in 2018.