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The Myth of the Unemployed College Grad

The Myth of the Unemployed College Grad

Perhaps no puzzle has consumed the American media more in the past few months than the chasm between official measures of the economy and how average people feel about it. Inflation is down, and wages are up—yet voters remain gloomy. Young people are, at least by some measures, the most pessimistic. They think the economy is bad and getting worse. Why? The answer has major implications, not least on the outcome of the next presidential election. You can’t blame the media for being so eager to figure it out. But pundits and reporters might want to look harder at their own penchant for writing stories that make the economy look worse for young people than it really is, including, above all, by incorrectly declaring that college diplomas aren’t what they used to be. A recent Washington Post story, “New College Grads Are More Likely to Be Unemployed in Today’s Job Market,” typifies the trend. It begins with a recent graduate named Lucas Chung forlornly sitting in his childhood bedroom. He has moved back home, because …