The unemployed and the crises of the nineteen thirties - Applicants for unemployment relief in Stockholm 1928-1936

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Tomas Fürth - Stockholm University, Department of History

Research principal

Riksarkivet - Department of History rorId


This survey forms part of the project 'Kris och krispolitik i Norden under mellankrigstiden' at the Department of History at Stockholm University. The study deals with the social conditions for unemployed during the depression in the thirties; who became unemployed, the circumstances of the entry into unemployment, the influence of unemployment on living condition, and possibilities to go back to work when the crisis is over. The dataset includes information on the situation of the unemployed at five different occasions during the thirties; 1930, the year of unemployment, 1933, year unemployment came to an end, and 1935.

Data contains personal data



Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Unemployed and help seeking individuals in Stockholm 1933-02-28.

Time period(s) investigated

1928-01-01 – 1935-12-31



Number of individuals/objects


Data format / data structure

Data collection
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of History

Topic and keywords

Research area

History (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Unemployment (CESSDA Topic Classification)

Social sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Work sciences (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

History (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)


Fürth, T. (1979) De arbetslösa och 1930-talskrisen : en kollektivbiografi över hjälpsökande arbetslösa i Stockholm 1928-1936(The unemployed and the crises of the nineteen thirties. A collective biography of applicants for unemployment relief in Stockholm 1928-1936; with a summary in English). Stockholm: Stockholms kommunalförvaltning. ISBN: 91-85676-02-0.
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ISBN: 91-85676-02-0

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Published: 1999-03-19
Last updated: 2019-02-06