Only 60 percent of journalism and mass communication graduates nationally were employed full-time six to eight months after graduation, the lowest level in more than two decades, according to a recent report from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication:
The drop in the level of full-time employment–from 70.2% of graduates in 2007 to 60.4% in 2008–is the largest change recorded in levels of employment in the 23 years that the same methodology has been used to track these statistics.
The job market that had plummeted after its peak in 2000 and had begun to improve in 2003 simply crashed. Only half of the graduates had full-time work in the field of communication.
The only good news for 2008 graduates was that those who did find work received the same average salary as graduates a year earlier. With deflation, that actually represented a very slight increase in purchasing power capability.
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