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The Post-Recession Graduating Class

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Jamyla Kay
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Millions of college graduates have entered the workforce since the recession ended in 2009. It’s been five years since the economy stopped shrinking, but job prospects for new grads have not improved.

First, we  hear from someone who has experienced first-hand the effects of graduating in the aftermath of the recession.
Maureen Harvie is a former intern with WYPR’s news department. She graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2011 with a degree in Political Science, and has yet to secure a full-time job.  

We thought, who better to talk to Maureen about her experiences, than Maryland Morning’s  intern Justina Latimer, who will graduate from Towson University next spring.

Then we take a closer look at the recession with Heidi Shierholz, economist with the Economic Policy Institute.

More resources

The Economic Policy Institute's report "The Class of 2014."

Slate.com's "Negotiations Academy" podcast.

You can see and hear some of Maureen Harvie's stories for WYPR, here. In addition to working on this segment, Justina Latimer has worked on stories about coastal flooding, summer nutrition loss and she contributed to this segment with writer Susan Sullam.

In Bob Samuelson's economics column for The Washington Post titled "The (Millennial) Parent Trap" he writes about parents' anxiety over their children's job prospects. You can read that here.  

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Web extra: Heidi Shierholz on underemployment, competition between students, the implications of student debt, and the "million missing" from the labor market.

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In this web extra, Justina asks Maureen what keeps her motivated in looking for jobs, and they discuss job competition between graduates.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Jamyla Krempel is WYPR's digital content director and the executive producer of Wavelength: Baltimore's Public Radio Journey. She collaborates with reporters, program and podcast hosts to create content for WYPR’s online platforms.