The number of women unable or not prepared to work, because they have to look after their families has almost been reduced by half from 735 thousand in 2001 to 373 thousand in 2007. The number of men who do not work because they have taken on care responsibilities remains invariably low. This is an indication that families managed to find other ways to cope with domestic care duties.
Last year 3 million people altogether in the age category 15–65 were not able or not willing to work. The majority are young people still studying or attending vocational training courses.
Reasons to not participating in the labour process