There's work yes, but it isn't work that will sustain a family or get a grad started in a new career.
I don't mention my husband's job situation on here very often, because I am fortunate enough to have a very good job that can provide the essentials for our family.
However, if we were depending on my husband to support our family, we'd be absolutely screwed.
He has experienced numerous layoffs, cutbacks, and job changes in the past few years.
Just a few years ago, he was working a desk job in his career field for $22/hour + overtime. That job went away, and there were very few openings in his field.
His next job was doing 3rd shift manual labor in a factory for $11/hour. (There were no jobs available in his field, so manual labor was the only thing he could find.) He was in his 30s with some back and knee issues when he started - the backbreaking physical labor coupled with the adjustment to 3rd shift lifestyle made him noticeably deteriorate in the 3 years he worked there.
In a way, it was both a blessing and a curse when he lost that job. At least he wasn't constantly in pain and sleep deprived anymore.
He has been working in his field again for a few months now as a contract/temporary employee. It isn't full time, and he's being paid half what he used to be to do the same type of work. The job will probably go away after the first of the year. But, at least he's working and at least he's back doing something relevant to his past work experience.
Taking that factory job really hurt his job opportunities in his field - it was hard to be taken seriously on interviews, when the most recent job on his resume was working manual labor. The idea that most employers will respect someone who was willing to do whatever it took to keep working is a crock.
We're grateful that he's working this current job, even if it isn't long-term, because at least he'll have that recent experience in his field to list on his resume.
We're lucky that I have a well-paying, stable job that can support our family's main needs. That's why I don't really share all the details of my husband's job situation here on TT very often, because I don't want to sound like a whiner. We definitely count our blessings for what we have, and know that in the grand scheme of things we're still pretty fortunate.
However, there are a lot of people in my husband's shoes who don't have a breadwinning spouse. He has the "luxury" of being able to work part time, odd jobs, or contract positions. But, as holland said, that's not enough to sustain a family.