Exports equals jobs according to report
EU companies export nearly as much as China to the rest of the world, and in Sweden the export of goods and services to countries outside the EU is worth 98 billion euros a year. This can be read in the European Commission's new report EU Exports to the World: Effects on Employment and Income.
The export industry in the EU countries contributes to 31 million jobs within the member states, and another 19 million jobs outside the EU. In Sweden, this means that 763 000 jobs – or one out of five employment opportunities in the country – is dependent on the export to countries outside the EU.
Export jobs is better paid
The jobs that the export industry in the EU provides is on average better paid than in the rest of the economy. Most people in export-related jobs are medium-skilled workers, but EU exports create opportunities for both skilled and unskilled workers. More than half of the jobs are to be found in the service sector.