The recession has been particularly unkind to the legal profession, where a combination of lost public sector jobs and consolidated private firm services has created a job vacuum.
This hasn't been good news for the hundreds of new lawyers streaming out of North Carolina law schools over the last few years.
As I report today, the job market for new lawyers is still lagging, as is the market for summer jobs for current law school students.
It's bad enough that one local law school dean recently sent an email plea to his alumni asking them for help finding jobs. Even those that don't pay anything.
I'm guessing this story will prompt a great deal of tut-tut-tutting about how there are too many lawyers. This is actually quite hard to gauge. The industry itself doesn't have a distinct way to measure market saturation, and law schools say they don't restrict enrollment when times get tough because of the lag time between when a student starts law school and when he or she graduates.
It's a three-year journey, and a lot can happen to an economy, good or bad, in that time.