Earning one's daily bread, supporting a family--it's never been easy. The number of job seekers has always exceeded the number of available jobs, at least during Fio's lifetime.
The current impasse, she thinks, started in the '80s, during the economic downturn. When men lost their jobs, their wives hit the workforce bigtime. Then came the boom, expectations skyrocketed, and women kept on working in order to fulfill them. But the number of jobs hasn't kept up with the expanded workforce.
At least that's how Fio sees it.