Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies and a pro­fessor of eco­nomics at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, said the report should have focused on an impor­tant trend among today’s new col­lege grad­u­ates: mal-​​employment.

A larger share of col­lege grads are ending up in jobs that don’t require col­lege degrees,” Mr. Sum said. Those who are mal-​​employed are overqual­i­fied for their posi­tions. More than 36 per­cent of recent col­lege grad­u­ates are mal-​​employed, according to Mr. Sum’s research.

In the sup­ple­mental report, the authors write that, for grad­u­ates who hold jobs that don’t require degrees, their sit­u­a­tion is “almost always tem­po­rary.” The authors also cite the income gap between col­lege grad­u­ates and holders of only high-​​school diplomas, and how it widens with age thanks to a steeper earn­ings path for those with col­lege degrees.

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