Class of 2020 leaves Maryland colleges to find uniquely bleak job market crushed by pandemic, recession
It’s a well-worn detour for college graduates — the art history major who waits tables while waiting for a “real” job at a museum, others who send out dozens of applications while in the meantime folding T-shirts at Gap or taking latte orders at Starbucks.
But the Class of 2020 is graduating into a uniquely bleak job market — in their chosen fields and even for those once reliable fallbacks. The coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession have employers across multiple industries shedding rather than adding staff.
“Nobody is hiring,” said University of Baltimore economist Richard Clinch. “Even in the Great Recession, you still had the possibility of getting a lower-skilled job. But now, retail and restaurants and entertainment are doing terribly and will continue to do terribly.”
One in five recent college graduates in their early 20s was jobless in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,