An excerpt from the article: The Workforce Part-Time Employment Ratio: Looking Better for the Core Age Group, gives some analysis:
Read more:In July 2012 and again in August 2013 the full-time/part-time gap narrowed, and it was yet narrower this summer. Even more encouraging is that fact that the bounce in part-time employment last month was the smallest September increase in this history of this BLS data series, which dates back to 1986.Obamacare and Part-Time Employment
Over the past two years many have speculated that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) has played a role in company decisions about full-time versus part-time employment. The $2,000 per employee penalty for companies that do not comply with regulations has influenced some to rethink their employment policies. In July 2013 the government pushed the start of the penalty from January 2014 to January 2015. But the anticipation of the penalty, even though delayed a year, may influence the decisions of private employers.