Young workers experienced increasingly frequent periods of unemployment between 1977 and 2002
Young workers, particularly women, experienced increasingly frequent periods of unemployment between 1977 and 2002. The amount of time they spent without paid employment over a year also increased, although only slightly: in 2002, workers in the under 25s age group were unemployed for an average of 12 weeks per year. For older workers, periods of unemployment are longer but much rarer. For workers in the 45-54 age group, the average length of time spent without paid employment is much shorter, at less than three weeks per year. These differences between age groups increased between 1977 and 2002. Periods of unemployment are longer for women than for men. During periods of the greatest economic growth, workers experienced more periods of unemployment, yet these lasted for a shorter time.