It’s graduation time again, and The Christian Science Monitor assesses the job prospects for this year’s college seniors:

It’s holding steady or showing slight improvement compared with last year. But the job market was particularly dismal then, so much of the class of 2010 will probably be joining friends from ’09 in the hunt for work.

Employers surveyed last fall planned to hire an average of 26.2 graduates this spring, compared with 26.8 in 2009, according to the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) at Michigan State University. In a March survey, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found a 5.3 percent uptick in expected hiring, the first since October 2008.

The picture may improve in coming months, says CERI director Philip Gardner. “It’s been a long year for these seniors,” he says. “Some of them are discouraged, and they bailed out quickly to graduate school…. [But] if they have a strategy to look for work … there are going to be jobs opening up now through the summer.”

Since the class of 2009 faced the worst job market since the Great Depression, this is hardly an occasion to break out the bubbly. Life still sucks for a lot of young people who did everything that was expected of them and are nonetheless getting the shaft.

What’s on your mind tonight?

Jim Moss

Jim Moss