Is No Job Better Than a Crappy One?

Despite worries over a jobless recovery, The Economist has a chart which shows that employers in many parts of the world are growing increasingly optimistic about taking on new hires.

Here in the U.S., however, it's a different story. Of the 431,000 jobs that were created in May, most were due largely to the hiring of temporary Census workers. The New York Times reports that simply to keep up with the number of high school and college graduates entering the job market, we'd have to add around 100,000 jobs each month, and even then, we'd only be breaking event.

Judith Warner penned an interesting essay about the deluge of graduates descending upon what is possibly the "worst economic downturn since the Great Depression." And despite an unemployment rate hovering around 20 percent, graduates are still turning down job offers that many consider beneath their abilities and qualifications. Many opting to wait it out in the company of Mom and Dad, their optimism and resilience firmly intact.

The Times' Room for Debate blog asked, and we want to know too: "In this economy, is any job better than no job?"