Source: The surveys of standard of living 1980, 1983, 1987 and 1991.
During the period 1983 to 1987 there was an increase in employment caused by an upswing in the domestic economy. Increased employment opportunities also affected young people, as the trends in figure 1 indicate. Since 1987 women aged 25-29 are an exception from the overall pattern in the sense that an increasing proportion of them are working full-time. They have acquired marketable qualifications, and they do no longer stay at home doing full-time housework or combining housework with a part-time job as many women did in the 1970s. Women under the age of 25 have a downward trend in their labour market participation because a growing number of them are continuing their education.
The employment trends indicate some kind of a turning point in young people’s labour market activity in 1987. At the same time that full-time work was in decline, a growing number of young people were working part-time or during part of the year. Some of them were students, some were in and out of work or training and some alternate between part-