Catherine Ruetschlin works as a policy analyst at Demos. She provides the team with analysis of labor market, population, and other US survey data, as well as additional research support. Catherine came to Demos in September 2011 from the New School for Social Research, where she worked as a research assistant in the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis and as an academic advisor to graduate students in the social sciences. She is currently completing a PhD in Economics at The New School, focusing on issues related to privatization in the criminal justice system.
For those who make the investment, college graduation is supposed to signify the transition from training for life to living it. But for many young adults in the class of 2012, this year’s ceremony will be more like an anticlimax. According to a new analysis of government data by the Associated Press, more than half of young college grads are either not working or working in jobs that don’t offer them enough hours, enough pay, or the promise of a future career.