Embedded guru Jack Ganssle has recently blogged about the current state of Electronics Engineering in the US, and it is not a pretty picture. It looks like EE’s survived the early recession but are now in a bit of trouble–a bit of a delayed reaction. Read his thoughts here.
On another note, I have heard about the “real” unemployment rate in a few other places, the people whose UI benefits have run out and are “not actively looking(?)”. I’m not sure of the proper term, but do believe this may be a more accurate measure of unemployment. According to Jack there is a place to look at those numbers. I’ll check them out myself soon.