How your distance to the job market is assessed

The Swedish Public Employment Service uses statistical assessment support to make a so-called profiling. It refers to the automatic processing of personal data used to assess certain personal characteristics of a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict factors such as your financial situation, personal preferences, interests, behaviour or whereabouts. The Swedish Public Employment Service will use profiling to assess your distance from the job market.

Based on your enrolment information

The profiling is based on your enrolment information and any information that is available about you in our systems. The Swedish Public Employment Service can also retrieve information from other authorities, such as the Swedish Migration Board. The data processed include enrolment time, education, age and conditions in your area of residence.

Here are all the enrolment details

Country of birth
Postal code
Educational level
Study specialisation
Professions you have applied for (up to 4)
Unemployment insurance affinity
Month of enrolment
Number of days enrolled during the previous enrolment period
Number of days since enrolled in previous period
Number of previous enrolment periods
Number of days during which measures were taken during previous enrolment periods
The different programmes you have previously participated in
Enrolment periods
Disability code
Other information that is not personal data but that is also used as assessment support
Static data Statistics Sweden (SCB)
Unemployment rate in the postal code area
Median income in the zip code area
Level of education in the postal code area
Distribution of citizenship in the postal code area
Single household share in postal code area

Your distance to the job market

The Swedish Public Employment Service has assessed that this data is relevant to assess your distance from the job market. For example, a long enrolment period will indicate that you are further from the job market. As a jobseeker, this will place you in one of the following categories, which shows which measure is better for you.

The assessment support is used in the following two services provided by Arbetsförmedlingen: Prepare and Match, Support and Matching.

Prepare and Match applies to those who live in one of the following 32 municipalities

  • Arboga
  • Bjurholm
  • Färgelanda
  • Grästorp
  • Götene
  • Hallstahammar
  • Högsby
  • Karlshamn
  • Karlskrona
  • Kungsör
  • Köping
  • Lidköping
  • Lysekil
  • Mellerud
  • Munkedal
  • Mönsterås
  • Nordmaling
  • Olofström
  • Oskarshamn
  • Robertsfors
  • Ronneby
  • Sala
  • Sotenäs
  • Surahammar
  • Trollhättan
  • Uddevalla
  • Umeå
  • Vara
  • Vindeln
  • Vänersborg
  • Vännäs
  • Västerås

If you do not live in any of these municipalities, you may instead be eligible for our Support and Matching service.

There are two different levels of Support and Matching:

  • You are considered to have little need of support and can manage yourself with the help of, for example, Arbetsförmedlingen’s digital services.
  • You are considered to need extra support in your search for employment or the right education.

Three different categories of Prepare and Match:

  • You are assessed as having a small need for support and can handle yourself with, for example, the Swedish Public Swedish Public Employment Service's digital services.
  • You are considered to need extra support to find employment or start studying.
  • You are considered to be in need of in-depth support that the Swedish Public Employment Service will investigate further.

The best support for you

No matter what category you are placed in, you will always meet an employment officer. The employment officer makes an assessment based on all the information we have about you and then makes a decision on support. Profiling together with categorisation will only serve as a basis for decisions regarding support.

Your information is protected

The information you provide to the Swedish Public Employment Service is covered by confidentiality and is processed according to, among other things, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Your data will be deleted no later than three years after the end of the year during which the processing of the data has been completed in a case with the Swedish Public Employment Service. Personal data that has been separated for statistical purposes will be deleted ten years after the separation. The data may only be handled by authorised personnel and stored with us for a maximum of three years.

More information

The legal basis for profiling is public interest and the exercise of public authority. The purpose of the processing is the handling of cases.

More information about the Swedish Public Employment Service’s personal data processing and your rights as a data subject can be found here.

How we handle your personal data