Seven years ago, I was commiserating with a friend as we both braved the job market after grad school. “I’m trying to sell out,” he told me, “but no one’s buying.”
As you might have heard, things haven’t exactly gotten better since then. Higher education is increasingly staffed by part-time adjuncts who may or may not be living in their cars, teacher pay is shamefully low, and journalists keep getting laid off. Half of millennials are resorting to side hustles. Real wages are still stagnant, as they have been for decades, and what gains there are stay with the best paid workers — in large part because most job growth is in low-paid service work. Things are bad, and most of us are too tired to even complain about it.
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